Acting Chief Health Officer Peter Aitken on Friday reiterated the call for Queenslanders to come forward to get vaccinated, heralding the jabs as the way to fast track the reopening date.
“On the current rates of vaccination it should be well and truly before December 17 and I just ask all Queenslanders again, go and get vaccinated and bring that date forward,” he told reporters.
“It’s a projection, so it could be anything between the 6th and 12th of December depending on how the vaccination rates go.”
Fully vaccinated travellers could be welcomed back into Queensland two weeks ahead of schedule, the acting Chief Health Officer has revealed. Picture: Getty Images
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Monday flagged the December 17 date may be brought forward by up to a week after the Sunshine State hits its 70 per cent double dose vaccine target nearly a week before it was projected, triggering an easing of the border rules.
From 5pm on Monday, fully vaccinated travellers from COVID-19 hotspots around the country were permitted to enter Queensland – showing proof of a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of departure – and enter 14 days of home quarantine.
“That has come in earlier than expected,” Ms Palaszczuk said. 
“That is good news because it may even see our date in December brought forward as well.”
Queensland records zero new local COVID-19 cases
The state’s top doctor on Friday said Health had not yet provided an exact date for when Queensland was expected to hit the 90 per cent vaccine mark but confirmed it was likely to be in early January.
“It’s once easier to project once we have the first vaccination dose because then you can anticipate how long it takes people to be eligible for their second,” Mr Aitken said.
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“So the sooner people go out and get that first dose the sooner we can give you a projection for the second and a 90 per cent.”
Restrictions to ease at 80 per cent vaccination mark
Once the state tips over the 80 per cent fully vaccinated mark, the border will reopen to fully vaccinated arrivals – by either air or road – who will no longer be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine period but will still have to provide a negative test result within 72 hours of departure.
At this point, only fully vaccinated patrons will be permitted to enter hospitality venues, including cafes, pubs and hotels, as well as indoor and outdoor entertainment venues and activities.
Festivals and government-owned facilities such as galleries and libraries will also only open to vaccinated visitors.
Unvaccinated Queenslanders will have their current freedoms revoked at the next vaccination milestone, with Queensland Police warning they are preparing a crackdown on breaches to the Public Health Orders.
The Queensland Police Service is preparing to crackdown on unvaccinated rule breakers once the state hits the 80 per cent double dose vaccination rate. Picture: Chris Hyde/Getty Images
The state’s Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll on Thursday told 4BC radio they were expecting a “spike” in the number of unvaccinated rule-breaks, as she had been seen in Victoria and New South Wales when they eased restrictions.
“You just know that you’ll have to have more resources in certain places, there’s good intelligence as to where there might be an issue, so we are planning for this,” she said. 
Those caught breaking the rules will be slapped with a $1,378 fine. 
Queensland reported zero new locally acquired coronavirus cases on Friday, with 83.6 per cent of the 16 and over population having received one dose of a vaccine and 72.1 per cent fully vaccinated. 
At the 90 per cent double dose mark, the Sunshine State will begin accepting fully vaccinated international arrivals who will be allowed to complete their 14-day quarantine period at home. 

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