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Townsville first cab off the rank for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine


Townsville has been chosen as one of the six centres to be the first to receive the coronavirus vaccine in Queensland.

Cairns, the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, and north and south Brisbane will be the other hubs. 

Queensland's chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young says Townsville has been given priority because workers here are more likely to have contact with returned travellers.

"Once the Commonwealth has secured the supplies of the vaccine, we will be able to roll it out immediately in Queensland," Dr Young says. 

"All of that work has already happened.

"We are very, very good at getting people vaccinated in Queensland, we do it every year with the flu vaccination."

The strategy has been discussed by Queensland Cabinet in Townsville today.

A new advertising campaign encouraging Australians to get a COVID-19 vaccination is due to start today, with the Federal Government insisting the jabs will be safe and effective.

It follows the Therapeutic Goods Administration's (TGA) decision to approve the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Meantime, a man who is in hotel quarantine after returning from Sweden is the only new case of coronavirus in Queensland.