Australia Queensland Premier defends receiving Pfizer COVID vaccine
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says she received the Pfizer vaccine instead of the AstraZeneca jab in case she has to travel to Tokyo for the upcoming Olympics.
Ms Palaszczuk, 51, had been under mounting pressure to receive her shot, despite her insistence she was waiting to receive the flu vaccine first.
Health advice suggests people should wait two weeks between getting the flu shot and the COVID jab.
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Commonwealth health advice also suggests people over the age of 50 should receive the AstraZeneca, and those under 50 should receive Pfizer.
"There may be a requirement for the state to present to the whole Olympics committee about the Olympics, and I would've been unvaccinated and that is why I had the Pfizer," Ms Palaszczuk said.
"Because of the timelines, the only way I or Sterling (Queensland Sport Minister Stirling Hinchcliffe) can be fully vaccinated is if we had received the Pfizer vaccine."
The two Pfizer vaccine doses can be administered 21 days apart, whereas recipients need to wait 84 days between AstraZeneca.
The premier said she had also received a tetanus shot before her flu shot two weeks ago.
"I had an accidental dog bite, so I had to go get my tetanus, and they ask you if you had your tetanus you need two weeks before you've had your COVID, then I had my flu vaccine," Ms Palaszczuk said.
"I have done everything I have physically been required to do."
Ms Palaszczuk is the last state or territory leader over the age of 50 to get the COVID vaccine.
The premier was offered the vaccine in February, but turned it down because she said she didn't want to jump the queue.
The Queensland Government today said over 63,000 COVID vaccines were administered across the state in the last week.
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