Queensland scraps last of all COVID-19 restrictions

The Queensland government has announced the last of the state’s remaining COVID-19 restrictions will be scrapped following advice from the state’s chief health officer.

From 1am on June 30, visitors to residential aged care centers, disability accommodation and corrective facilities will no longer need to be vaccinated.

The COVID-19 vaccine mandate will also be revoked for staff working in schools, early childcare, outside school care, kindergartens and day care.

annastacia palaszczuk (Queensland Government)

The controversial mandate has also been revoked for those working in police watch houses, youth detention centers and airports, previously deemed high risk.

“Decisions about mandatory vaccinations will now be made by employers,” premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

“Restrictions that have protected us have eased in sensible stages and today I announce with the advice of the chief health officer, we are removing some of the last restrictions.”

International arrivals to Queensland will no longer be required to test for COVID-19. (Nine)

The premier said vaccination was still mandatory for health workers including staff in hospitals, aged care and disability care.

Those traveling from other countries will no longer need to be tested for COVID-19 on arrival in Queensland.

The premier urged Queenslanders who have not yet had a COVID-19 booster shot to come forward and to take advantage of the government free flu shot initiative, available until June 30.

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