Qld teachers, FIFO workers jab priority

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    Queensland teachers and FIFO workers have become priorities for the state’s vaccination rollout amid the Delta outbreak. School staff and childcare workers have been added to the state’s 1B priority list, as well as fly-in-fly-out, freight, and distribution center workers.

    More than a hundred cases are now linked to southeast Queensland’s Delta cluster, which began when a high school student somehow contracted the virus last month. It spread to several students, staff, and family members at Indooroopilly State High School, Ironside State School, Brisbane Girls Grammar, and Brisbane Grammar.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the reason for adding school and childcare workers was how much of an impact the latest outbreak had on educational facilities. “We need to provide the best possible protection for staff and students,” she said. ““This strain of the virus moves incredibly quickly, and we need to be just as fast in our response.”

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    Ms. Palaszczuk said the changes to the state’s vaccine rollout, “coupled with the remarkable work of Queenslanders during this lockdown,” would bolster the state’s efforts to get out on top of the latest outbreak. Education Minister Grace Grace said she hoped staff in all schools and childcare centers across Queensland would take up the offer of vaccination.

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