Definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ to be discussed at National Cabinet

National Cabinet is preparing to meet today, where it is expected leaders will discuss advice on whether we will need a booster shot in order to be considered fully vaccinated.

While the country’s expert immunisation panel ATAGI is expected to only make that advice mandatory domestically, there are concerns some states could expand it to include foreign travellers.

It comes after Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews strongly indicated yesterday that if ATAGI does change its advice, he would mandate three doses to international tourists entering his state.


Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk reassured people that two jabs will suffice in the sunshine state at the moment.

However, Ms Palaszczuk did confirm that she would consider also extending the third jab mandate to overseas visitors if the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation changes the fully vaccinated definition.

“If ATAGI changes that we will absolutely follow suit with Victoria,” she said.

There are fears that could have a detrimental effect on the state’s already struggling tourism industry, who have been counting down the days until international borders reopen on February 21.

According to recent data, less than a third of people in some of our biggest tourism markets like China and New Zealand have had their booster shot.