Queensland to host Vaccination Summit
Published Friday, 13 October, 2023 at 08:15 AM
Minister for Health, Mental Health and Ambulance Services and Minister for Women
The Honourable Shannon Fentiman
- Queensland Health Minister will hold an vaccination summit on October 20.
- Key discussions will be on ways to boost vaccination rates, areas of future vaccination expansion, and how to combat vaccine fatigue post-COVID-19
- Attendees will include experts, patients, pharmacists and clinicians
Queensland’s Health Minister, Shannon Fentiman, has announced the state will host a Vaccination Summit to address barriers to immunisation.
Vaccination is a safe and effective way for Queenslanders to protect themselves and their families from illness and disease, yet vaccination rates have been on the decline following the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Vaccination fatigue is often cited as a cause for the decline.
Only around 30% of Queenslanders get vaccinated against influenza each year.
Around 93% of Queenslanders diagnosed with influenza during this year’s flu season were not vaccinated – putting further strain on our already busy hospitals and Emergency Departments.
The Vaccination Summit will bring together preventable disease and immunisation experts, patients and families, pharmacists, and medical clinicians to discuss how best to boost vaccination rates and how to combat vaccine fatigue.
The Summit will also discuss whether the National Immunisation Program Schedule could or should be expanded, and how best to inform the public of the benefits of immunisation.
This move follows the Palaszczuk Government’s announcement in August that meningococcal B vaccines would be made free and available for vulnerable groups from 2024 – the largest state-funded immunisation Program in Queensland’s history.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Health, Mental Health and Ambulance Services Shannon Fentiman:
“When it comes to immunisation, adult Queenslanders do a great job looking after their kids, but we often forget the value of looking after ourselves – evidenced by low influenza vaccine rates.”
“I am concerned about declining vaccination rates and confidence. We cannot allow vaccination fatigue, conspiracy theories, and cost-of-living pressures to undermine our vaccination rates.”
“So many people have been subject to so much misinformation during and after the pandemic, and I want to know what we can do better cut through that misinformation.”
“That is why this Vaccination Summit is so important.”
"I want Queensland to be the vaccine capital of Australia, and the conversations we have in the Vaccine Summit will help drive future reform.”
“I also want to hear from the experts about the diseases we need to be thinking about next, and how we can tackle that at a national level.”