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Queensland’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate and restrictions need to be further relaxed

Written by Javed Iqbal

Queensland will remove some of its last remaining COVID-19 restrictions from next week.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that from kl. 01.00 on 30 June, COVID-19 vaccinations would no longer be required for visitors to elderly care, disability accommodation or prisons.

Chief Health Officer John Gerrard will also recall the high-risk worker’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate in schools, preschool education, out-of-school care, kindergartens, family day care, police shelters, juvenile prisons and airports.

Decisions regarding mandatory vaccinations in this framework will instead be made by the employers.

“Mandatory vaccines are still required for workers in health care, hospitals, geriatric care and disability care,” Ms. Palaszczuk said.

The premiere said the public guide requiring post-arrival tests for those traveling to Queensland from international locations had been removed.

She did not mention any changes to mask mandates in environments such as public transport and elderly care.

“Queensland has remained strong,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“Restrictions that protected us have been eased in sensible stages.

“I once again pay tribute to Queenslander’s resilience to the strength of the response to this pandemic.”

There were six COVID-19 deaths in the most recent reporting period, bringing the number of people killed by the virus in Queensland to 1,192.

The state registered 4,520 new COVID cases, with 522 people in the hospital with the virus. There are seven people in the intensive care unit.

Mrs Palaszczuk urged Queenslanders to stay abreast of their COVID-19 vaccinations and to receive a free flu vaccine by 30 June.

Woman holding phone with COVID-19 vaccination certificate on
Mandatory vaccines are still required for workers in health care, hospitals, geriatric care and disability care.(ABC News: Kimberley Bernard)

More than 92 percent of Queensland’s population aged 16 and older have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and 71.11 percent of those aged 12 to 15 years.

Among Queensland five- to 11-year-olds, 31.16 percent have received two COVID-19 shots.

More than 1.7 million Queenslanders have been vaccinated against influenza this season, about a third of the population.

Staff directed away from fever clinics

Amid growing demand for Queensland health services in the winter, Health Minister Yvette D’Ath announced that the state’s network of independent COVID-19 fever clinics would be phased out.

“The staff who have run fever clinics will now return to their normal roles,” she said.

“We are at the stage of the pandemic where we can and should direct our health resources to where they are most needed.

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