Mask mandate scrapped as Queensland hits vax target

Queenslanders will be able to breathe a little easier, with the face mask mandate now officially over across the sunshine state!

It comes after fresh data released by the Federal Health Department this afternoon confirmed the state had reached the 80 per cent first dose vaccination target required to ditch the masks.

According to the latest figures, 3.29 million Queenslanders have now had at least one jab, taking the total to 80.1 per cent first dose.


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While just over 68.3 per cent – 2.8 million people – are now fully vaccinated.

Despite the good news, Queensland is still the slowest on first doses and equal second last with the Northern Territory on second doses.

In terms of the age bracket with the lowest vaccination rate, those aged between 16 to 29-years-old are still lagging behind on 63.65 per cent first dose.

While masks are still recommended, they are now not mandatory unless travelling on a plane or attending the airport.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the milestone is something all Queenslanders should be proud of.

“Queenslanders have done a stellar job over these last two years and are now finishing strong… In sport and in life that’s what Queenslanders do – finish strong,” Mr Morrison said.

“I want to thank everyone in Queensland involved in the vaccination effort, it’s been a massive effort in hundreds of locations, in hospitals, pharmacies aged care facilities and pop up clinics”.

The news comes just hours after three new local COVID-19 cases were detected in Queensland today, including a mystery case on the Gold Coast.

The second case was detected in Warwick, while the third is an interstate traveller who tested positive in hotel quarantine.