Queensland women urged to get vaccinated to protect themselves

Minister for Communities and Housing, Minister for Digital Economy and Minister for the Arts The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

Women of all ages in Queensland, particularly those experiencing domestic and family violence, are being encouraged to get a COVID-19 vaccination to protect themselves and their families.

While speaking at the Micah Projects Women’s Safety, Security + Stable Housing Forum today, Minister for Communities and Housing Leeanne Enoch called on women to roll up their sleeves and get the jab.

“The safety and wellbeing of women is so important, particularly as we tackle the issue of domestic and family violence in our communities,” Ms Enoch said.

“Getting the COVID-19 vaccination is one of the ways women can protect themselves and ensure their health and the health of their families.

“I encourage all women to go and get the COVID-19 vaccination, either at one of our vaccination hubs, their GP, local pharmacy or at the many pop-up clinics being established across the state.”

The Micah Projects Women’s Safety, Security + Stable Housing Forum brought together women, service providers and representatives from government and community organisations to hear ideas and solutions for progressing women’s safety, security and stable housing in our community.

Ms Enoch told the forum that the Queensland Government has placed a strong emphasis on housing in its response to domestic and family violence.

“Our Housing and Homelessness Action Plan 2021-2025 includes funding of a further $20 million over four years for domestic and family violence housing and support,” she said.

“This funding includes additional Flexible Assistance Packages of up to $5000 per household for goods and services needed immediately to maintain or access safe housing.

“Our Housing Service Centres are working actively with women to plan and meet their longer-term housing needs, supporting those experiencing domestic and family violence to explore social and private housing options.

“Our rental reforms, passed in Parliament last week, will also ensure that women fleeing domestic and family violence can continue to end a lease with seven days’ notice and change the locks in a rental property without the owner’s consent to ensure their safety.”

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