Expert calls for high vaccine rates as Queensland COVID-19 cases rise

An expert has called for Queensland's vaccination rates to increase as the state sees a rise in COVID-19 cases.

President of the Queensland Australian Medical Association Dr Chris Perry said a rise in COVID-19 cases, particularly in Queensland, was to be expected.

"We are expecting these sort of numbers," he said.

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"The concern, I suppose, is there is four separate carriers who are responsible for the six days and they have been active in the community."

It comes as nine new COVID-19 cases were detected in Queensland yesterday.

Six of those were infectious in the community.

Dr Perry said higher vaccination rates are needed as states see a rise in COVID-19 cases.

"You are not going to be protected by a vegan diet or a Paleo diet," he said.

"You can't have it both ways."

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Dr Perry said people will catch COVID-19 in Queensland as the borders reopen.

Dr Perry added that COVID-19 is going to enter Queensland as the borders reopen this week but vaccines will protect people from becoming severely sick.

"People are going to get sick," he said.

"We think that with a bit of time and people realising life is going to be pretty tough if you are not vaccinated, I think people will get vaccinated," he said.

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