Queensland records 9581 new COVID cases as children line up for vax

Queensland has recorded 9581 new cases of COVID-19 as children aged five to 11 began receiving their vaccinations.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said of the more than 9500 cases, 3715 were rapid antigen test results.

The report of new positive cases comes as children aged five to 11 were able to get their COVID-19 vaccinations on Monday.

About 800 children would be vaccinated at Brisbane’s Convention and Exhibition Centre on Monday, Ms Palaszczuk said.

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On Sunday, as Queensland recorded 18,000 cases with more than 80,000 active infections, Ms Palaszczuk announced schools would be closed an extra two weeks, with the first term of 2022 to begin on February 7 instead of January 24.

Years 11 and 12 students would begin home learning from January 31, while the school year would end on December 16, instead of December 9.

The later start, announced to prevent children being back at school during the Omicron peak expected in late January to early February, would allow more time for parents to get their children vaccinated.

Chief Health Officer John Gerrard has previously told the health sector to prepare for hospitalisations to soar at the end of this week.

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