Millions of text messages to urge state to get vaccinated

By Jackson Graham

Tuesday October 5, 2021

Jeannette Young
Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young. (AAP Image/Darren England)

Millions of Queenslanders are set to receive text messages and voicemails urging them to get vaccinated from Tuesday.

The move is the latest in the state’s tactics to boost vaccination levels as it and Western Australia trail behind all other states and territories which have at least half of their populations over 16 fully vaccinated. 

The government is urging people not to treat the message as spam and block the number as it is used nationally for emergencies and disasters.

Queensland on Monday had 48.67% of its population over 16 fully vaccinated and WA had 48.45%. 

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said when the state receives more vaccines from the commonwealth, it would continue to ramp up the state’s rollout.

“Our promotions have worked incredibly well to date,” she said.

“Campaigns like this will give thousands of Queenslanders the extra encouragement they need to protect themselves and their families.” 

Queensland recorded one new community case of COVID-19 on Monday in a Brisbane woman not linked to any known clusters. 

Meanwhile,health restrictions will heighten in  three council areas at South Australia’s south-east border with Victoria. 

The restrictions come as authorities investigate the movements of a Mount Gambier woman who tested positive to the virus. 

The Mount Gambier, Wattle Range and Grant local government areas will have density requirements in venues, a cap of 10 people on private gatherings and only two visitors to homes. 


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