The Sunshine State will welcome back fully vaccinated travellers from interstate hotpots without the need to quarantine when the 80 per cent double dose vaccine target is hit.
But those travellers are still required to return a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arriving in Queensland.
Confusion arose this week over whether travellers needed an official certificate, costing about $150, to prove their negative status or if a text message, which does not incur a fee, was sufficient. 
“I’m happy to apologise. There was a lot of confusion around this. We’ve made it clear there isn’t a cost… we don’t require the certificate, a text, which we have always said, is suitable,” Ms D’Ath said on Friday. 
“It’s been on our border pass system since it went live at 70 per cent (vaccination). I am just pleased that people do not have to incur this cost, they can get the PCR tests, which is absolutely invaluable in stopping this virus coming into our state.”
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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk sparked a war of words with Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt after she called on him to subside the tests through Medicare on Monday.
Mr Hunt responded by confirming the tests would not cost travellers and lashed Ms Palaszczuk for later suggesting the federal government had only just agreed to fund PCR tests.
He said the federal government funded 50 per cent of the PCR test as outlined in an agreement Ms Palaszczuk signed in the early stages of the pandemic on March 13, 2020.       
Ms D’Ath was not keen to answer any further questions about the PCR testing debacle, saying the Queensland government needed to direct its focus to boosting vaccination rates in the state.
“I think we need to move on. This has been answered so many times over the last few days,” she said. 
“I’ve just given you an apology. We have provided clarity, the Commonwealth provided clarity, now let’s get people vaccinated.
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“We have admitted there’s confusion, we’ve clarified that and we’ve apologised. I don’t know what else we can do other than get on with the job of keeping the community safe by getting people vaccinated.” 
Ms Palaszczuk on Wednesday said there was no need for her to pick up the phone and discuss the issue with Mr Hunt because “I have a Health Minister that can deal with the federal Health Minister”.
“I don’t pick up the phone to the federal Health Minister, I’m happy to pick up the phone to (Prime Minister) Scott Morrison,” she said. 
Ms D’Ath was grilled by a reporter over whether she had been “thrown under the bus” by Ms Palaszczuk.
“Not at all, no. I am the Health Minister she was just making a fact. I have no concerns whatsoever with that statement. The situation is the PCR tests has been resolved by the state, by the federal government, our focus is on getting people vaccinated,” Ms D’Ath said. 
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“That’s what our conversation should be about and that’s what we’re getting on and doing.”
Mr Hunt on Monday sent a letter to Ms D’Ath raising concerns about Queensland’s border policies and lack of regard for rapid antigen tests.  
But the pair have not spoken to each other for about a month, Ms D’Ath revealed.   
“The last time I spoke to Greg Hunt would probably have been three or four weeks ago when the health ministers spoke,” she said. 
“If we recall, it was Scott Morrison who came out swinging and didn’t try to clarify, just criticised. So did Josh Frydenberg and a number of other members of the federal parliament.
“I think if you’re going to criticise not picking up the phone and talking to someone, unfortunately the first involvement from the Health Minister was him advising the media he had sent me a letter before I even saw that letter.” 

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