Health experts lift lid on QLD’s ‘unprecedented’ hospital crisis, claim system won’t cope with a COVID outbreak

Zoe Zaczek

Four hospitals in northern Queensland approached full capacity on Tuesday, as an AMA doctor claimed the Sunshine State will struggle to cope with a COVID-19 outbreak amid a stoush between Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Prime Minister Scott Morrison over funding.

Health experts have warned Queensland hospitals are already under immense pressure, fearing “we’re not going to cope” if the Sunshine State is rocked with a coronavirus outbreak like in New South Wales and Victoria.

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More than 10 per cent of Queensland health workers unvaccinated against COVID-19 as deadline looms

Emilie Gramenz

More than 10 per cent of Queensland Health workers are unvaccinated against COVID-19 ahead of an imminent deadline mandating a first dose, according to figures from the state health department.

Key points:

  • Healthcare staff have a one month deadline until they must be fully vaccinated
  • Those without an exemption who don’t get vaccinated will not be able to work
  •  The Queensland Nurses and Midwives’ Union says healthcare workers have an obligation to get vaccinated

Under a Queensland Health employment directive, any clinical or non-clinical staff member who works in or attends locations where patients are cared for is required to have one dose of COVID-19 vaccine by September 30 and a second dose by October 31.

According to state government figures, more than 89 per cent of staff had received one dose of vaccine as of September 20, while 82 per cent had received both doses.

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