The Queensland government announced on Tuesday that the state’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate will ease 1 am on April 14, in time for the Easter long weekend.
With 91.8% of eligible Queenslanders vaccinated, and the impacts of the Omicron variant causing less strain on the healthcare system, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced on April 5 that vaccine mandates that apply in certain sectors of the economy are to end.
The mandates which have been in place since December 17, 2021, will be phased out across hospitality and entertainment industries, according to the Brisbane Times.
State Chief Health Officer, John Gerrard, said that the burden placed on facilities and businesses by the vaccine mandate and check-in requirements is much greater than the need to protect the minority of unvaccinated Queenslanders, so the measures were disproportionate.
Among the mandates to be lifted are the requirements to be fully vaccinated and check in with a QR code for hospitality venues, public venues like museums and libraries, and entertainment facilities.
Vaccination and check-in requirements for medical, accommodation, and aged care facilities, educational facilities, public transport, and other high-risk settings will remain in place.
Palaszczuk has praised her government and the residents of Queensland for implementing and following Covid restrictions, saying that “I have no doubt that this saved hundreds, if not thousands of lives.”
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath justified waiting to lift the measures by stating that the government wanted to avoid the chance that the measures would be needed to be re-implemented after being lifted, reported the ABC.
Stuart Jeffery, aka LibertyDownUnder, is the founder of the Australian Liberty Network. He is also the host of the Gumtree of Liberty and Gumtree of Liberty Live podcasts, and is editor of the Liberty Review. Stuart is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts, majoring in international relations, at the University of Southern Queensland.