Only about half of Logan residents who are eligible for Covid vaccine boosters have had the jabs, the latest statistics show.

Just 54.8 per cent of those eligible have had the all-important third or fourth doses, versus 70.9 per cent in the neighbouring Brisbane local government area and 67.6 per cent in Redlands.

Across Queensland as a whole, the rate is 64.3 per cent, according to the Federal Government figures.

The president of the Australian Medical Association Queensland, Dr Maria Boulton, said one reason for the low rate could be that health messaging from the State Government is not reaching Logan’s large multicultural community.

She said: “I don’t know that the media campaign run by the Government is as culturally diverse as it should be to ensure that we reach all areas of our community.

“Perhaps that’s where the failure is. Perhaps it’s not reaching the populations that it needs to reach.”

All people aged 16 and over who have had their first two Covid vaccine doses at least three months ago are eligible for the third dose, and those 30 and above can also get a fourth.

The boosters are important to ensure updated protection against the virus, and are hugely effective in preventing people getting severely ill.

Boulton also noted: “It’s really interesting when you look at all the figures for the booster rates, Queensland is falling behind other states and territories.”

AMA Queensland president Dr Maria Boulton believes messaging is not reaching multicultural communities

Across Australia as a whole, 71.3 per cent of people who are eligible have had at least one booster. In every state except Queensland and NSW, the figure is in the 70s or 80s and even NSW is nearly five percentage points higher than our state, on 69 per cent.

Meanwhile Logan on 54.8 per cent also lags behind other nearby LGAs - Moreton Bay (65.8 per cent); Ipswich (60.1 per cent) and the Gold Coast (58.4 per cent).

Boulton said: “I don’t know what it is, whether people are just fatigued about the vaccines or whether people don’t realise with this Omicron (strain) that it is important to have those booster doses or whether the message is just not getting across.

“I think we need to get the message out that it is essential to have that booster.

"The Government needs to focus more on that and they need to realise that Queensland is a very multicultural society and needs to ensure that the message is getting across in all those different languages.”

She added: “I come from a different background as well and I don’t think I have seen anything in my language, which is Spanish”.

On its website, Queensland Health has sections about Covid in a swathe of different languages, but *PS Logan could not easily find information about booster injections in English, let alone in other languages.

Some information also appeared to be out of date or no longer valid.

Boulton said she is especially concerned about the booster rates because such a long time has passed since many Queenslanders had had their second vaccine dose.

She explained: “We know that immunity wanes after a few months from both the vaccine and having had the infection – and we know that with Omicron, it’s really important that people are up to date with their boosters.

“The (Queensland) Chief Health Officer said the other day that 70 per cent of people who have sadly passed away from the virus were sadly not up to date with their booster.”

The doctor continued: “We all thought that (after) we’ve had the two vaccines and that will be ‘it’, but it’s never ‘it’ because we don’t know what this virus is going to do and all we can do is to stay ahead of it and get our boosters.

“I currently have a very healthy fit friend who is in intensive care with Covid who had no pre-existing conditions, so it can affect a lot of people and there’s just no rhyme or reason as to whether it will affect you worse than your friend.”

Boulton said the booster rate for those over 65 is also “not where it should be”.

She said: “They’re the people who are most vulnerable, along with the people with chronic illness, and we need to do better.

“I know as a GP every time I see a patient now, I will ask them, ‘Are you up to date with your boosters?’”

She said the Australian Medical Association as well as the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners are doing all they can to spread the message about boosters, but do not have the marketing power of the State Government.

And she added: “I have seen our Chief Health Officer and our Acting Chief Health Officer and know that in the press conferences they very clearly state that people need to have a booster … but for some reason the message isn’t getting through.”

A Department of Health spokesperson said vaccination is the best protection against Covid, and stated: “Anyone who has not had their Covid-19 booster, they are encouraged to do so.

"We know that immunity from vaccination starts to decrease after three months so many people who’ve had their second dose a while ago would now have decreased immunity.

“As well as vaccination, there are other measures residents can take to decrease the risk of getting Covid-19 including social distancing, wearing a mask when social distancing cannot be done and washing your hands.”

The health spokesperson added: “If you do test positive for Covid-19, please chat to your GP about accessing antiviral medication”.

To find your nearest vaccination location visit here.

Meanwhile people who do not speak English can obtain information on Covid in different languages here.

To see other the Federal Government statistics on vaccination rates by LGA across Australia, visit their website.