The State’s top doctor has issued a stark warning to Queenslanders, declaring the only way we will be able to bid goodbye to snap lockdowns and border closures is by vaccination.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young admitted lockdowns will always be on the cards until 70 per cent of the eligible population is vaccinated against COVID-19.
“We’ve seen it time and time again… We saw it in the northern territory, yesterday we saw it in New Zealand, we’ve seen it in Victoria… One case of Delta means we need a lockdown until we can get 70% of our population vaccinated,” Dr Young said.
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“So the sooner we can get people vaccinated, the sooner we can stop that requirement for a lockdown.”
Dr Young said those who choose not to receive the jab will have to “minimise their lives”.
“I believe that if people want to have freedoms to be able to go about their lives, they need to be vaccinated because the only other way of dealing with this is requiring people to stay home,” she said.
“With the Delta variant which is so infectious, and unfortunately we’re seeing it’s younger people who are getting sick, that’s because they’re the ones who aren’t vaccinated.
“So we need to get people vaccinated and then people can go about their lives.
“Otherwise, I can see in the future that the people who aren’t vaccinated, are going to have to minimise their lives to protect their own health and safety.”
It comes after Qantas revealed this morning that they would be making the vaccine mandatory for all staff, with only limited exemptions for medical reasons.
More than 18,114 Queenslanders received the COVID-19 vaccine in the past 24 hours.
To date, more than 1,130,305 doses have been administered in the sunshine state.