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No AstraZeneca side effects for Mackay maritime worker

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For Andergrove local Rene Monteith getting the coronavirus vaccination was a three-minute task he describes as a no brainer because it could save lives, including his own.

Mr Monteith and his wife got the AstraZeneca shot on the same day last week, and as a precaution were given a piece of paper listing potential side effects.

But neither had any, and we in and out within minutes.

“No sore arm, no sickness, no nothing, it was just quite simple and easy."

Working within the maritime industry, Mr Monteith has about 10 co-workers who’ve also had the vaccination.

And, they too say getting the jab has been smooth sailing.

“No one had any side effects other than, maybe, a sore arm since cause they do put the needle into your muscle.”

After asking the healthcare staff questions about the AstraZeneca, Mr Monteith was told it starts providing some kind immunity as soon as it is administered to the patient.

“Obviously it's not going to stop you from getting the disease, but it means if you do get COVID you're going to be a lot less impacted by it than anyone else.

“So, it doesn't mean you're not going to get it but it certainly gives you a lot greater chance of being healthy if you do get it." 

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COVID-19 VAX MILESTONE

The Premier announced this morning that 5,467 people have been vaccinated around the state in the past 24 hours. 

It means Queensland Health has reached the milestone of administering 100,000 coronavirus jabs.

The state is currently giving vaccinations to patients in Priority Group 1B, which includes adults aged 70 years and over, health care workers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders over 55, younger adults with medical conditions including those with a disability, and critical and high-risk workers, such as defence, fire, police and meat processing.

Queensland has recorded three new cases, of which are all returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

“Everything is looking very positive Queensland, so thank you,” Annastacia Palaszczuk says.

Ms Palaszczuk says she is looking forward to getting an update at National Cabinet tomorrow about the Federal Government’s AstraZeneca rollout.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the government is waiting for advice about AstraZeneca and blood clots from the Therapeutic Goods Administration, before making any changes to the program.

It comes after Britain decided to restrict AstraZeneca jabs to people under 30 over a risk of blood clots.

Mr Morrison is assuring the vaccination is safe, and says blood clots are extremely rare and more common in the contraceptive pill.

State and territory premiers will be briefed tomorrow.