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Queenslanders aged over 60 to be offered Pfizer jabs

People aged over 60 will be able to opt for a Pfizer vaccination jab in Queensland from this weekend.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the move was possible as supply of Pfizer had finally increased.

Queenslanders aged 60 and older will be able to opt for a Pfizer jab from this weekend, while walk-ins will also be welcome.Credit:Matt Dennien

“They said to me, loud and clear, they want to have a choice of vaccines. Well, I say let’s give it to them,” she said.

“Now that everyone from the age of 12 is eligible, I want to see generations of families turning up to get vaccinated.

“Last week, we put 146,182 doses into the strong arms of Queenslanders.

The Premier said 189,450 Pfizer doses arrived on Monday.

It means over 60s in Queensland can finally choose whether to receive an AstraZeneca or Pfizer dose, joining Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory in offering Pfizer to the older age group.

The decision may allay vaccine hesitancy and boost Queensland’s jab rate, with the state coming last in the country when it comes to first doses and second-last in second doses in the latest national data, from Sunday.

Over 60s will be able to receive a Pfizer vaccine at any of Queensland Health’s 80 vaccination hubs, starting this weekend.

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