Unvaxxed nine times more likely to end up in hospital than triple-vaxxed: CHO
Unvaccinated Queenslanders are nine times more likely to end up in hospital with Covid than those who are triple-vaxxed, the chief health officer says.
Queensland has recorded 22,069 new Covid-19 cases, 525 patients in hospital with 30 people in intensive care and eight on ventilators.
Dr Gerrard says the evidence is clear on vaccinations with data showing how important the booster shot is.
"If you are unvaccinated, you are nine times more likely to end up in a Queensland hospital than if you are triple-vaxxed," he says.
“We have enough data from around 500 patients to see some trends in who is ending up in Queensland hospitals and the importance of boosted vaccination is very clear.”
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath has ruled out making booster shots mandatory, at this stage, but is imploring people to get vaccinated, work from home if possible, and says vulnerable people need to be sensible: wear a mask; social distance and not visit highly-populated areas.
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Ms D’Ath is pleading with the Federal Government to make rapid antigen test kits more freely available as businesses continue to suffer from staff shortages.
"I know a lot of people are ordering them online at the moment, I know a lot of the sites online all say out of stock," she says.
"The moment they come on our shelves in our supermarkets, pharmacies, they are going again.”
The New South Wales Government announced it will be mandating the reporting of positive RAT results or residents may cop a $1,000 fine.
But Ms D’Ath questioned the policy.
“How are you going to know someone's got a positive test in a home kit at home and haven't reported it?” she posited.
“I just don’t know how they are going to monitor it and is it the best use of resources right now?”
More than 91 per cent of eligible Queenslanders have had their first dose.
Ms D’Ath says she will be meeting with her state counterparts to discuss distribution of point-of-care tests. The test produces a result in 30 minutes but must be administered by a healthcare professional unlike rapid antigen test kits.
“This is a concern because these will not only not alleviate the lines at testing clinics, it will actually add to the length of time that staff need to be inputting data and spending time with individuals coming forward for tests,” she says.
"That makes no sense.”