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Premier’s message to anti-vaxxers: ‘Prepare to weather Covid storm alone’

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As the Premier’s regional Covid-19 vaccination tour continues, she warns “the storm is coming” and says those who are unvaccinated will be left to weather it alone.

In Maryborough today, Annastacia Palaszczuk has revealed another 24 hour period of zero locally-acquired cases recorded while an overseas traveller in hotel quarantine has tested positive.

As of Wednesday, 72.81 per cent first of over 16s have had one dose and 57.45 per cent are fully vaccinated.

She reiterated that Queenslanders only have 11 days left to get their first coronavirus vaccination in order to be fully protected when borders open on December 17.

“I can’t look after you if you won’t hop on the lifeboat.”

“Come on Queensland… [we have] just 11 days to go to get everyone vaccinated.”

Ms Palaszczuk says she couldn’t emphasis the fact that the Delta strain will begin to rapidly spread through regional communities any more than she already has.

“There is no time to wait.”

The Premier says she is working with industries and businesses to create a separate restriction roadmap for people refusing to get vaccinated, while police are creating a plan to ensure people crossing the border have had their double dose.

Chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young says when the vaccination rate lifts, people with coronavirus will still need to isolate and so would their primary contacts.

It is likely that most cases would be able to be managed at home and not in hospitals or hotels.

One-way travel bubble with New Zealand

Queensland is also accepting green flights from the South Island of New Zealand; however, it is only one-way.

People from the South Island can visit the Sunshine State without having to quarantine, but an outbreak in Auckland means that no one from the North Island can visit Australia.

A ban on all Australian travellers has still been imposed by the New Zealand Government.

“Don’t think if you live here, that you can go there,” Dr Young says.