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Queensland outback’s all-in vaccine policy raises eyebrows

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Queensland Health defended sending doses to outback regions that had not had any cases of COVID-19.

In a statement, a spokesperson said because of the small number of people in that area, about 10,000, it did not make sense to split up the vaccine rollout.

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“It is important that we bring the vaccine to all Queenslanders, not just the south-east corner. Queensland is Australia’s most decentralised and diverse state and vaccinating our population is no small feat,” the statement said.

“This means that for some rural and remote communities, a whole-of-community vaccination approach will be taken instead of vaccinating only those who are eligible according to the phases outlined in the national vaccination rollout strategy.”

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