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Give hope to the tourism industry

Mass vaccination hubs must be rolled out across regional Queensland to increase the state’s slow vaccine uptake and catch up to the rest of Australia.

Opposition Leader David Crisafulli met with café owners and tourism operators in Mackay and the Whitsundays today, who are looking for a light at the end of the tunnel.

“Queensland needs a 20-year tourism plan starting with the fast-tracking of vaccines immediately to promote a pathway out of this pandemic,” Mr Crisafulli said.

“I’m glad to see vaccination hubs opening in Sarina and Bowen from Monday so now it’s vital other communities have access to vaccines as well.

“By promoting hope over fear, Queensland’s best days are ahead of us.”

Currently, 30.9% of Mackay residents are fully vaccinated and 25% of the Whitsunday community. 

Member for Whitsunday Amanda Camm said her communities deserve a mass vaccination hub.

“One in three jobs across the Whitsundays are based in tourism, and the industry’s future relies on vaccinations,” she said.

“Many residents have travelled to find a vaccination clinic or delayed the jab due to confusion created by the State Government’s mixed messaging.

“Let’s make vaccines readily available to every Queenslander.”

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