Pharmacists will start vaccinating children in schools in Queensland, while the state recorded no new local cases of coronavirus on Wednesday.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the first high school to welcome pharmacists to deliver the vaccinations would be at Mareeba, near Cairns, from Friday, with more schools to be announced.
Young people have been fast to line up to get the vaccination, with more than 34 per cent of children aged 12 to 15 receiving the first dose of the vaccine in Queensland one month after the rollout opened to the cohort on September 13.
A pop-up vaccination clinic will also open on Wednesday from 11am at King George Square in the Brisbane CBD.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath urged city workers to “come before or after work, or on your lunch break” to get vaccinated.
This week the Premier announced 33 Bunnings stores would operate as vaccination hubs in Queensland from this weekend, which comes after shoppers were able to get their jabs and a sausage at Bunnings in NSW and Victoria since August.
Schools became part of the vaccination rollout from last weekend, with 18 Queensland schools delivering 4467 doses on Saturday and Sunday.
Queensland’s double dose vaccination rate has hit 53.35 per cent, putting the state second-last ahead of Western Australia.
In Queensland, 70.59 per cent of people aged 16 and older have received their first dose.