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COVID-19: Logan vaccination rate continues to stall as Queensland edges closer to border reopening in December

LOGAN'S vaccination rate is rapidly falling behind other parts of the state, with more than half of the city yet to receive their second jab as the border reopening date nears.

LOW VAXX RATES: Logan, including Jimboomba (pictured), is falling behind in the vaccine race. Photo: Jordan Crick

LOW VAXX RATES: Logan, including Jimboomba (pictured), is falling behind in the vaccine race. Photo: Jordan Crick

It remains the only Queensland government area with a six-figure population yet to pass the 50 per cent double-dose mark, despite warnings unvaccinated people could be stripped of freedoms over Christmas.

The Logan suburbs of particular concern are Browns Plains and Jimboomba, where less than 46 per cent of the population is fully vaccinated, putting them well behind neighbouring Redlands and Brisbane.

But uptake among Logan councillors has been good, with all eight councillors who responded to a Jimboomba Times request reporting they had received at least one dose.

The city's low vaccination rates are a concern, with Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young warning this week that everyone in Queensland would become infected with coronavirus at some point.

"But if you have been vaccinated, it is highly unlikely you will be sick and you're definitely very unlikely to end up in hospital or ICU," she said.

Only three rural areas and the Whitsundays rank behind Browns Plains for the worst double-dose rate in Queensland, vaccine data has revealed.

It comes despite the state government pushing vaccinations on visits to Logan in recent months and opening hubs at the Logan Entertainment Centre, Mount Warren Park and Kingston.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuksaid restrictions could be reintroduced in places which fell short of the 80 per cent target.

That is a problem for Logan, which would need to pick up jab rates by more than 30 per cent in less than two months to reach the government benchmark.

More than 120,000 people over 15 in the city are yet to get their second dose, data shows.

Crs Bradley, Lane, Koranski, Raven, Heremaia and Murphy confirmed with the Jimboomba Times that they were fully vaccinated, while Frazer and Willcocks said they had received one dose.

Mayor Darren Power is also fully vaccinated. Crs Hall, Stemp, Bannan and Russell did not respond as to whether they were vaccinated or not.

Woolworths and Coles also announced on Thursday that its staff would need to be fully vaccinated by March next year in Queensland, unless they had an exemption.

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