Princess Alexandra Hospital in Woolloongabba has been picked as one of three vaccine hubs in Queensland, following the Federal Government’s confirmation of the first vaccine rollout this February 2021.
Per Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Princess Alexandra Hospital will get its supply of vaccine doses on Wednesday, 24 Feb 2021. The first jabs will be for Pfizer vaccines but the government expects the supplies of AstraZeneca vaccines to arrive in the following month.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said that the Pfizer vaccine is quite complex because of its storage, transport and distribution limitations. As one of the state’s largest hospitals, the Woolloongabba hospital has been deemed suitable to carry out this particular rollout.
Given the Pfizer vaccine’s logistical requirements, Ms Palaszczuk said that the process will start “very slowly” in the first week.
The first priority group will be the residents and cares of aged and disability care facilities. Healthcare frontline workers will be invited to the hospital for their jab as well.
As the vaccine supplies increase, Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said that more people will be invited to other hospitals. Apart from Princess Alexandria Hospital, Gold Coast University Hospital, Cairns Hospital, Townsville University Hospital, Sunshine Coast University Hospital and the Brisbane and Women’s Hospital will also become vaccine hubs.
The government is aiming to vaccinate some 27,000 individuals in the first vaccine rollout by the end of March 2021.
For now, however, the priority is to give the vaccine to those most at risk of getting the virus.