Queenslanders could be banned from traveling abroad for up to one YEAR thanks to the delay in the launch of the Covid vaccine in the state
- Queensland’s vaccination campaign on Saturday delivered just 11,574 first doses
- The state must hit 30,284 first hits per day this week to stay on track.
- Queensland likely won’t hit the 90% double dose mark until January
- The head of the Flight Center said that it may even take 12 months before Qantas commits to declare
Queenslanders could be banned from traveling abroad for another year due to the delay in the Covid vaccination rate in the state, a senior travel chief has warned.
The state must deliver 30,284 first doses every day from October 25 to October 29 to stay on track toward its roadmap vaccination goals, which include opening non-quarantine travel to international travelers on the mark. double dose of 90 percent.
But only 11,574 Queensland residents rolled up their sleeves for a first hit during a statewide ‘Super Saturday’ vaccination drive this weekend, and at that rate the state will fall behind its roadmap targets and date. start for the return of the trip without quarantine. will be rejected.
Thirteen-year-old Emily Connor receives a Covid-19 vaccine at a Bunnings hardware store in Brisbane on October 16. A top travel chief warned that Queenslanders could be banned from traveling abroad for another year due to slow rates of Covid vaccination.
At the current jab rate, the state will likely have to wait until January to hit the 90 percent double dose mark that triggers restored freedoms, according to a new data analysis by Courier mail.
The chief executive of Australia’s largest travel retailer, based in Brisbane, said it could take longer to reach that coverage rate if the vaccination rate remains slow.
“Queensland may not reach 90 percent for six to 12 months,” said Flight Center CEO Graham ‘Skroo’ Turner.
“Airlines like Qantas are not going to fly to Queensland without certainty, so it could be six to 12 months before Qantas returns.”
The slow vaccination rate almost certainly means that the 15,000 or so Queenslanders abroad who want to go home for Christmas will still need to be quarantined for 14 days in a hotel.
Turner said the time could come when Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk will have to follow Western Australia and Victoria in the obligation to vaccinate much of the workforce.
Queensland will likely have to wait until January to hit the 90 percent double dose mark, according to a new data analysis. In the photo, a staff member works at a mass vaccination center on the South Bank in Brisbane.
International passengers arrive at Brisbane Airport. The slow vaccination rate almost certainly means that the 15,000 or so Queenslanders abroad who want to go home for Christmas will need to be quarantined for 14 days in a hotel.
“Ultimately, these communities have to accept that many of their vulnerable people could die if they are not vaccinated,” he said.
The warning comes as lockdown-weary Australians from other parts of the country rush to book Queensland’s top holiday destinations for the Christmas holidays.
Hamilton Island is almost completely booked during December and January after the Queensland government finally reopened its borders to travelers.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has yet to follow Western Australia and Victoria in mandating Covid vaccines for much of the workforce.
Australians weary of confinement and desperate for a break from the drudgery of the homebound are buying up all the latest Great Barrier Reef summer vacation bookings (pictured, a tourist looking out over the Whitsundays)
The school vacation fever was fueled by the state that announced that restrictions would be completely relaxed for fully vaccinated Christmas travelers.
From November 19, unless coming from an access point, vaccinated travelers will be able to enter Queensland without quarantining themselves.
And starting December 17, even those in hotspots will be able to enter the state as long as they are vaccinated and test negative 72 hours before arriving.
“With international tourism restricted, Australians have fallen in love with our own backyard again and there is no backyard like Hamilton Island.”