Queensland latest Covid update as at 5 August

Public health alert – new exposure sites for East Brisbane and The Gap

A public health alert is being issued for contact tracing locations in East Brisbane and The Gap.

This is a reminder for all Queenslanders to keep checking the list of exposure venues on the Queensland Health website. If you have been to a listed location in the specified timeframe, follow the public health advice.

Contact tracing venues can be found at Contact tracing (exposure sites) — coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms at any time, no matter how mild, you should immediately get tested for COVID-19.

To access a full list of COVID-19 testing locations, with interactive map and post code search, visit www.qld.gov.au/covid19testing.

Data update for Indooroopilly cluster

The state recorded 16 locally acquired cases today, all linked to the ‘Indooroopilly cluster’ and only four of them have been in the community for a total of five days.

Eight of today’s cases were aged 19 or under, meaning 52 of the cluster’s 79 cases are children or youths.

More than 9,500 people are contacts associated with the cluster, with more than 7,700 in home quarantine.

More than 300 exposure sites are listed on the Queensland Health contact tracing webpage. We continue to remind anyone who has been to South East Queensland to check the list regularly at www.health.qld.gov.au/tracing

Herd immunity

Vaccines prevent or reduce the severity and long-term impacts of COVID-19 infection, protecting the individual, and saving lives.

We reach ‘herd immunity’ when enough people are immunised to stop or slow the circulation of the disease. This reduces the likelihood of infection, which then affords some protection for people who can’t be vaccinated.

The percentage of people required to achieve herd immunity changes depending on the disease and how effective the vaccine is at preventing transmission. The percentage of people required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to begin inducing herd immunity is not currently known.

Our end goal is to vaccinate as many Queenslanders as possible and anyone who wants to be vaccinated, will be vaccinated. In the meantime, we will continue to follow the advice of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).

We continue to encourage people to register their interest. Registering your interest is the fastest way to make an appointment. To register your interest, visit www.health.qld.gov.au/vaccinebookings.

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