Testing crucial in Delta fight: Qld CHO

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Queensland's chief health officer believes testing has helped the state see off the Delta variant of COVID-19 as authorities urge more people to get vaccinated.

Queensland recorded no new-locally acquired cases for the third consecutive day on Saturday after more than 11,000 tests.

With the risk from recent outbreaks of Delta diminishing, Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young says Queensland's luck in seeing off the virus is related to testing.

Dr Young believes people have "come out in droves" to get tested, allowing authorities to rapidly identify index cases.

"It's that reason ... that's made the biggest difference, that people are just prepared to come out and get tested, and then we find them," she told reporters on Saturday.

"That 13-year-old who had a headache (in the Sunnybank cluster), I still can't believe that she came forward so we so quickly got on top of that cluster. Other people who just with no idea that they might have it, come forward and get tested, so I think that's probably one of the biggest differences in Queensland."

Health Minister Yvette D'Ath said state-run vaccination hubs delivered another 20,811 doses on Friday with the proportion of eligible Queenslanders who have had a first dose at 69.27 per cent with 51.06 per cent fully vaccinated.

The state government is holding another Super Pfizer Weekend allowing walk-ups to get the jab on Saturday and Sunday.

While Queensland hasn't set a date or vaccination target for the state borders to reopen, Ms D'Ath on Friday said more people were getting the jab "as we talk about Christmas, as we talk about borders opening".

She urged anyone who is yet to get their first vaccine to do so before the Delta strain takes hold in Queensland.

"Those people who have been sitting back and going 'We don't have an outbreak here, I can afford to wait': time is up," the health minister said.

"It's going to be five to six weeks before people are fully protected if they get vaccinated today, we don't know what five or six weeks are going to look like in November."

Meanwhile, the state government confirmed three NSW men who were fined for breaching the state border to attend the NRL grand final in Brisbane on Sunday have tested negative.

The men, who are reportedly friends of Penrith player Nathan Cleary, have returned to NSW after each being fined $4135.

"I am extremely disappointed, and I hope it sends a clear message to other people that this is not acceptable," Ms D'Ath said.

"You know, doesn't matter what fine we give you, I think the public will judge you for that behaviour."

There were 34 active cases in the state on Saturday.

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