Queensland has hit the long-awaited vaccine milestone of 70 per cent double dose, prompting a partial reopening of the border.
We were tipped to hit the milestone in time for Friday, November 19, which is when the state planned to begin opening the borders.
It means Queenslanders stranded interstate will be able to return home into the state, provided they are fully vaccinated and test negative prior to arrival.
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However, they must fly into the state and undergo two weeks of home quarantine.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk posted on social media yesterday afternoon, confirming that we’ve reached the milestone.
BREAKING: We just hit 70% double dosed.
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) November 14, 2021
Over the weekend, the Health Minister said that officials would still need a bit of time to get the appropriate border passes in place once we got to the 70 per cent mark.
So while the milestone has officially been reached, it’s understood that the border restrictions won’t relax until late on Monday or possibly even Tuesday.
“When we can announce that we have hit 70 per cent double dose, there will be a process and a lead in time so police can prepare,” Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said.
“There will be multiple checking steps along the way, when people apply online they will have to check a lot of boxes.”
More information is expected from Queensland officials later this morning.