The state government has reaffirmed that border checkpoints will remain in place on the Gold Coast until 90 per cent of the state is fully vaccinated.
That’s not likely to happen until sometime in January, with delays trying to cross into the state set to balloon once borders reopen by December 17.
Officials had flagged that some kind of checkpoint would have to remain in place at the border to ensure only vaccinated travellers can enter Queensland after we hit 80 per cent double dose.
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Deputy Premier Steven Miles today confirmed that remains the plan.
“I understand that Police have confirmed that barricades will be removed when we hit the 90 per cent vaccination rate,” Mr Miles said.
Mr Miles says it’s not clear exactly when Queensland will hit that 90 per cent target.
“It’s very hard to predict the 90 per cent threshold. In some jurisdictions, we’ve seen a tapering off at 80 per cent so you can’t just use that.”
The man overseeing Queensland’s vaccine rollout, Deputy Police Commissioner Shane Chelepy told reporters on Thursday he was confident the state could get to 90 per cent ‘early next year.’
Mr Miles admits he would have liked to have seen border checkpoints removed before the Christmas holiday rush to make it easier for motorists.
“Obviously throughout we’ve always sought to minimise the impact on people whilst also keeping people safe and our Police are well placed to make those decision.”
It comes as officials continue their plea for Queenslanders to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Residents now have just two days to get their first jab if they’re to be fully protected before December 17.
A number of Surf Life Saving Clubs as well as the Gold Coast’s major theme parks are hosting pop-up vaccine clinics from today through to Sunday to coincide with the Brisbane long weekend.