BCEC turns into Queensland’s mass COVID vaccination hub

A mass vaccination hub has been established at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) to help speed up Queensland’s rollout of COVID-19 jabs.

The hub will be open seven days a week from 8:30am until 4:30pm, with extended hours on Saturday 14 August.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said between 1,000 and 1,500 doses per day would initially be administered on-site. By Saturday, Queensland Health predicts 3,000 doses per day will be administered at BCEC.

“Vaccinations are vital to ending this pandemic. I encourage all Queenslanders to register for a vaccination,” Premier Palaszczuk said.

Queensland is responsible for delivering around 30 per cent of the state’s vaccinations, and the federal government is responsible for delivering 70 per cent.

While Queenslanders are encouraged to get vaccinations from their GPs and pharmacists, Premier Palaszczuk said the establishment of a hub at BCEC will add to the state’s extensive program.

“The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre is a great venue. Having a hub here will make it quicker and easier for people to get vaccinated,” she said.

“With great public transport and parking available for visitors, this centre will enable us to vaccinate thousands of Queenslanders more quickly and effectively.”

Currently, the BCEC hub is scheduled to operate until 9 October, and will deliver Pfizer vaccinations and second doses of AstraZeneca for those who have already had their first shot.

Free parking will be available for anyone receiving a vaccination at BCEC.

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