Qld govt forges ahead with quarantine camp

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Queensland will forge ahead with its COVID-19 quarantine camp near Toowoomba, despite reports the federal government wants to scale down a facility being built in Brisbane.

The state government is building a 1000-bed facility at Wellcamp, while the federal government is building another 1000-bed quarantine camp in Brisbane, like similar camps in Melbourne and Perth.

However the federal government is considering downsizing those facilities as states progressively open their international borders, according to News Corp.

Queensland Agriculture Minister Mark Furner said the state-funded facility at Wellcamp would be needed for foreign and unvaccinated travellers for the foreseeable future and there were no plans to scale down.

"Our plan is still on track for a 1000-bed facility by around March-April next year," he told reporters on Tuesday.

Queensland recorded no new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, as the state prepares to begin home quarantine fpr double-dosed domestic arrivals at the 70 per cent vaccination mark.

Quarantine will be scrapped for all domestic arrivals when 80 per cent of eligible Queenslanders are fully vaccinated, or December 17 at the latest.

Almost 78 per cent of eligible Queenslanders have had one jab and 64.12 per cent are fully vaccinated.

But with lower levels in some regional areas, there is concern about risk to communities and local health care services with more COVID-19 cases expected when borders open.

"To be frank, I don't think the problem here is insufficient resources, we have clinics all over the place," Deputy Premier Steven Miles said on Tuesday.

"Our problem now is people, people need to go out and get vaccinated."

The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee has also discussed the merits of specific quarantine periods, and the issue is likely to come up again at national cabinet on Friday, Deputy Chief Health Officer Peter Aitken says.

"Whether it's 14, seven, zero and a whole range of options," Dr Aitken said.

"It would be premature to jump before all that evidence is there, and we need to make a decision that protects Queenslanders."

Meanwhile, Queensland Health will set up a special pop-up vaccination clinic after up to six people were ultra-low dosed with the Pfizer vaccine in error at a clinic at Flagstone in Logan on Saturday.

The mistake means any of 175 people who were vaccinated at the clinic that day may not have been given enough vaccine to protect them.

Metro South Health's Dr Michael Cleary apologised for the error and said it was detected following the conclusion of the pop-up clinic.

"I apologise for any distress this has caused to those 175 people and their families. We will, of course, be supporting every single person impacted," Dr Cleary said.

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