Qld govt hits out at Feds over vaccines

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Queensland's Health Minister Yvette D'Ath says the Commonwealth's continued politicking over vaccine supply "should have the general population furious" over miscommunication.

Speaking on Wednesday at a newly-opened mass vaccination hub in Brisbane's north, Ms D'Ath dismissed reports that Queensland hadn't ordered 60,000 doses of Pfizer as stated by Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt.

The government says it was unaware of the supply until media reports on Tuesday, and immediately contacted the Commonwealth to secure the doses.

"I'm hoping that they'll arrive tomorrow, and we'll make sure that they get into arms as quickly as possible," Ms D'Ath said.

But she followed up by questioning why the Queensland government wasn't told of available supply when the state has been petitioning "constantly" for it.

"I'm a bit tired of the rhetoric and the stunts. If there's vaccine there, give it to the states," she said.

"The Commonwealth needs to stop playing each state off against each other, accusing us of lagging behind.

"Scott Morrison's got to stop saying we're in this together, and then doing the complete opposite and popping up his ministers every day to attack us.

"Are we in this together or not? Queenslanders want us to be in this together. Stop picking fights and just get on with giving us the vaccine."

With NSW receiving more vaccine doses per capita as confirmed by minister Hunt, the Queensland government are at odds to meet their 70 and 80 per cent vaccine targets by October.

Ms D'Ath said it's concerning that Queensland will not receive it's catch-up supply until November, which will drag their targets out until the Christmas period.

"We need our supply now. The Morison government stood up the start of the year and said come October we'll get the big supplies so we can get the population done," she said.

"Stop announcing these things through press conferences and start actually communicating with the states as to how much they've got on stock, and get it to us."

The state's opposition has also hit out, claiming the lack of clarity over supply is "nothing short of appalling."

"The missing 60,000 Pfizer doses could have vaccinated the entire population of Hervey Bay," Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates said.

Much of the 60,000 Pfizer doses ordered by the government are expected to be distributed at the Boondall mass hub.

Located at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, the hub will also offer Astrazeneca and is expected to administer 1500 vaccinations per day before ramping up to 3000 next week.

Queensland recorded no new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

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