• Compulsory jabs for workers at schools, childcare workers, prisons and airports
  • These workers must have first jab by Dec 17 and be fully vaccinated by Jan 23 
  • Ms Palaszczuk said the decision was consistent with Victoria and NSW 
  • Plan to re-open Queensland ‘not yet affected’ by new Omicron variant 

By Michael Pickering For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 10:45 AEDT, 30 November 2021 | Updated: 11:51 AEDT, 30 November 2021

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a sweeping Covid vaccine mandate for tens of thousands of workers.

Jabs will be compulsory for all workers at state and private schools, child care centres, prisons and youth detention complexes and airports.  

Workers in those ‘high-risk settings’ will need to have received one dose of vaccine by December 17 and be fully vaccinated by January 23, Ms Palaszczuk said. 

The Premier said a key reason for the announcement was protecting the state’s most vulnerable residents. 

‘While children cannot access the vaccination, it is important those around them take every step they can to prevent the virus spreading in schools and early childhood centres,’ she said. 

‘Airports are the gateway to the virus entering Queensland and there are vulnerable people in our corrections systems.’ 

Ms Palaszczuk defended the move as ‘consistent with other states and territories such as New South Wales and Victoria’. 

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a sweeping Covid vaccine mandate for thousands of workers

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a sweeping Covid vaccine mandate for thousands of workers

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