Capalaba vaccine clinic under fire as Redlands locals complain of Pfizer shortage during super weekend

REDLANDERS have complained of a vaccine shortage at Capalaba during the state government's weekend Pfizer blitz, despite the centre recording a daily record for doses administered.

HUB ISSUE: Locals have complained of the Capalaba vaccine clinic running out of Pfizer doses. Redland Hospital is also administering the jab. Photo: Jordan Crick

HUB ISSUE: Locals have complained of the Capalaba vaccine clinic running out of Pfizer doses. Redland Hospital is also administering the jab. Photo: Jordan Crick

People who visited the Capalaba hub on Saturday said only 60 doses had been available for walk-ins and allocation was exhausted in less than two hours.

That was despite almost 60,000 people across Queensland receiving the jab during the Super Pfizer Weekend, including a record 639 at Capalaba.

A Metro South Health spokeswoman said there was no issue with vaccine availability at Capalaba Place on Saturday and walk-ins had been accepted until maximum venue capacity was reached.

"A high number of bookings were already in place ahead of the super weekend announcement and these appointments were honoured," she said.

Oodgeroo MP Mark Robinson labelled the weekend a 'super-pfizzer' for the state government, saying Redlands appeared to be an afterthought.

"With no ICU available at Redland Hospital during a COVID outbreak, locals have again been let down when they presented in good faith at the Queensland Health vaccine hub in Capalaba on the weekend," he said.

"It is totally unacceptable that all the additional vaccines were gone in under two hours, especially given the extensive promotion the mass campaign received together with repeated calls for people to roll up their sleeves."

Capalaba MP Don Brown said he was disappointed with the situation at the hub and was working to resolve the issue for next weekend.

"If the Morrison government had ordered Pfizer three months earlier when they offered it, we wouldn't be in this situation," he said.

"We are governed by their supply, so if they want to send us more, we can put more in.

"I was disappointed with the supply at Capalaba and disappointed that we were shut on Sunday after the Queensland Health website said we were open."

Bowman MP Andrew Laming said it was an outrageous failure that there was a shortage at the hub.

"We slip 0.2 per cent each day against New South Wales, with first jab rates now 20 per cent behind our southern neighbour," he said.

"I am delighted 60 per cent of available Pfizer is now allocated to GPs.

"We need to host the NSW Premier and get her to take over the Queensland vaccine roll-out."

Mr Brown called on the federal government to redirect Pfizer doses away from GPs and into state government hubs.

"It is clear from the weekend's turnout that they are the more popular option," he said.

"Younger people tend not to have GPs, they want to go down to a convenient hub and it will free up GPs to do GP work."

Capacity for vaccinations at the hub was determined by staffing numbers and venue capacity.

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