Quarantine facility not dead: Palaszczuk

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The Queensland premier insists her plan for a quarantine camp isn't dead, despite the federal government doing a deal to build a centre in Victoria.

Annastacia Palaszczuk says "a lot of negotiation" is still happening with the Commonwealth, which on Friday committed funding for a purpose-built quarantine hub in coronavirus-hit Victoria.

The federal government has repeatedly said Queensland's plan for a facility near Toowoomba lacks detail, and the state opposition has described it as "a few doodles and drawings".

Ms Palaszczuk understands why the federal government backed Victoria's plan for a 500-bed centre, but says that doesn't mean the Queensland plan is dead.

"We've actually been speaking very regularly with Commonwealth officials. There's a lot of negotiation still happening," she's told reporters.

"I can understand that the federal government wants to prioritise that facility considering what Victoria is going through. We will continue to work with our regional quarantine facility, with the federal government."

Opposition treasury spokesman David Janetzki says the premier was clearly outplayed by Victoria.

"It's not good enough for the government to put a few doodles and drawings together and expect that to be taken seriously by the federal government," he told reporters.

Ms Palaszczuk has refused to release the plan to build a camp for up to 1000 travellers and 300 staff at Wellcamp, near Toowoomba.

Media reports last month said the document was only 15 pages long, and consisted mostly of photos and diagrams.

Queensland needs the federal government's support for the camp because it would have to allow international flights to land at Wellcamp Airport.

The Queensland government hasn't proposed any other similar facilities near existing international airports in Brisbane, the Gold Coast or Cairns.

Meanwhile, the state is gearing up to vaccinate 15,000 people this weekend, with 18 hubs opening for the first time across the state.

The hubs are open to frontline workers, aged-care and disability care staff, and people aged 40-49 vaccinated. The government has told people they must book.

Almost all are administering the Pfizer vaccine.

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

The premier has also appointed one of Queensland's most senior police officers as the state's vaccine coordinator.

Deputy Commissioner Shane Chelepy will work to make sure the vaccine rollout goes as smoothly as possible and will prepare for the opening of mass vaccination hubs in the final quarter of the year.

"It is absolutely imperative that we have someone that is front and centre to make sure that this vaccination rollout goes well," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"When we come up to September and October we know that there is going to be more supply coming from the Commonwealth."