Queensland FIFO workers get call-up for vaccination hub

Medical staff performing coronavirus screen checks at Perth airport. Image: Rio Tinto.

Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young has included fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers in a new priority vaccination list, as the state prepares a vaccination hub at Brisbane Airport.

“These changes, coupled with the remarkable work of Queenslanders during this lockdown will bolster our efforts to get on top of the latest outbreak,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

The updated priority list also included school staff and childcare workers, in an effort to contain the state’s outbreak of the COVID-19 Delta strain in regional areas.

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) will have the Brisbane Airport hub up and running as the Pfizer vaccine becomes available.

QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said this was a crucial step in making the vaccine available to FIFO and drive-in, drive-out (DIDO) workers.

“At this stage, Queensland’s vaccination roll-out is driven by the availability of vaccine supplies, which are steadily increasing, but the QRC has made it clear to government that vaccinating resources communities remains a high priority,” he said.

“The QRC will continue to advocate for resources communities to be vaccinated as soon as supplies become available.”

Further measures to ensure the safety of these workers included increased COVID-safe practices such as mask wearing, and more cleaning and hygiene regimes.

Macfarlane ensured people that the QRC was doing everything it could to maintain safe workplaces for the resources sector.

“The QRC is in constant contact with all relevant government agencies to ensure the sector is doing everything it can to keep the industry’s workforce and regional communities safe from COVID,” he said.

At time of writing there were more than 150 active COVID-19 cases in Queensland.





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