The State Government has confirmed more Queenslanders will be allowed to return home once the state hits the 70 per cent double dose vaccine target.
The vaccination milestone is expected to be reached later this month, when the state’s home quarantine trial will be extended to allow all domestic travellers to home quarantine in the sunshine state.
“Returning residents and eligible interstate travellers will be allowed to quarantine at home for two weeks from November 19 as an alternative to hotel quarantine,” Health Minister Yvette D’Ath announced.
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However, those wishing to home quarantine will have to meet a range of strict criteria before touching down.
Travellers must be fully-vaccinated and must test negative at least 72 hours before travelling.
People will still need to fly in, with crossing the border by road still off-limits until Queensland reaches the 80 per cent double dose mark.
However, the State Government has confirmed travellers can now arrive at any airport in Queensland, given their place of residence is only a two hour drive away.
Travellers will also need to have their own vehicle, or non-contact hire car, in order get from the airport to their property.
Ms D’Ath said domestic travellers will need to fly in direct, but will be allowed one transit stop at Brisbane Airport.
It’s still bad news for those who live in apartment complexes with shared lifts and hallways, with only properties that have external access allowed to take part in the trial.
“There is also the requirement that you are complying with the check-in system to ensure you are staying at home,” Ms D’Ath said.
Speaking to reporters from Cairns on Wednesday, Ms D’Ath also confirmed that the vaccine mandate is now being extended to all health services across the state, including private facilities.
“All private hospitals, community pharmacies, GPs, Physiotherapists, all of these services, every health facility or health worker who goes into other facilities, will need to be fully vaccinated by the 15th of December,” she said.
“This is in line with the AHPPC directive, and just about every other jurisdiction are now putting in these requirements for our health workforce.”