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New rules for state’s vaccine mandate


Queensland’s vaccine mandate comes into effect on December 17. Picture: Fiona Goodall/Getty Images
Queensland’s vaccine mandate comes into effect on December 17. Picture: Fiona Goodall/Getty Images

The Palaszczuk government has finalised its vaccine mandate as Queensland prepares to fling open its borders on Monday.

Travellers will be allowed to enter the state from December 13, four days earlier than the original opening date, but the mandatory vaccine policy to enter nearly all venues and public spaces will still come into effect from December 17.

The state government’s vaccine mandate had provided more questions than answers in previous weeks but Health Minister Yvette D’Ath clarified the policy by releasing a health directive on Tuesday.

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Those who work or visit hospitals, schools, child care centres, prisons and hospitality venues will need to be vaccinated from December 17.

Ms D’Ath has clarified the state’s vaccine mandate. NewsWire / Sarah Marshall
Ms D’Ath has clarified the state’s vaccine mandate. NewsWire / Sarah Marshall

However, the mandate does not apply to essential services such as supermarkets, retail stores, public transport, places of worship and funerals.

Ms D’Ath said unvaccinated people can attend weddings so long as the wedding has 20 people or less.

“December 17 is going to be a great day for so many people in Queensland who will get to go out and enjoy the lifestyle that we love so much,” Ms D’Ath told reporters.

“They will be able to go there knowing that they’ve done the right thing by getting vaccinated and that they’re walking into a venue where everyone else is vaccinated as well.

“It also means that these venues are going to be able to operate at 100 per cent capacity for the first time in many months.”

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James Hall is an experienced reporter who has worked in online and print in Sydney, Adelaide, and Canberra, as well as brief postings in Cambodia and Indonesia. He is the Queensland state political reporter wit… Read more

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