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Jab deadline set for unvaccinated to be protected by Qld reopen date

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Unvaccinated Queenslanders are being warned they have 12 days to get the covid jab to ensure they are fully protected by December 17 when the state’s borders open and Delta inevitably makes its way into the state..

The state has recorded zero new local cases as Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk reveals there are about 400,000 unvaccinated Queenslanders who have yet to receive the jab .

“So we have 12 days for people to come and get vaccinated if you want to be fully protected by the 17th of December,” Ms Palaszczuk says.

“So please, if you have not been vaccinated it is very easy.”

“As you heard, the biggest age group we need is the 20-29 age group.”

 

Queensland will open its borders to fully vaccinated people into Queensland from December 17, provided they have had a negative test in the past 72 hours, and they will not need to quarantine.

Ms Palaszczuk flagged that mask mandates will not be necessary after December 17 but QR codes are here to stay.

Concerns remain for unvaccinated pockets across the state, especially in regional Queensland, where vaccination rates are lagging behind, which could leave them vulnerable to a Delta incursion.

Almost 63 per cent of the eligible population of Central Queensland has had one dose, 47.9 have had two doses.

Ms Palaszczuk, speaking from Rockhampton today, says those figures are not good enough.

“The last thing you want to see is that outbreak happening here on your doorstep.

“If Delta comes through this region with your vaccination rates at the moment it will cause a lot of damage and a lot of heartache.”

Ms Palaszczuk warns that after December 17, businesses, pubs, cinemas and retail stores may decide to ban unvaccinated people from their venues.

“I don’t want people to be left out,” she says.

But Ms Palaszczuk did not elaborate on what protections businesses would have to ban unvaccinated people saying “it’s a matter for them”.

More than 8300 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours with 72 per cent of the eligible Queensland population has had their first dose, 56.9 per cent are fully vaccinated