Covid: Queensland Health Minister Yvette D'Ath hints at the state's border ...

Covid: Queensland Health Minister Yvette D'Ath hints at the state's border ...
Covid: Queensland Health Minister Yvette D'Ath hints at the state's border ...

The Queensland government has hinted at its plans for re-opening the state's borders as NSW celebrates freedom day after hitting its 70 per cent vaccination target. 

Health Minister Yvette D'Ath says unvaccinated Queenslanders need to get the jab within 'five to six weeks' to protect themselves from a surge of Delta cases as locked-down parts of Australia begin to reopen.

As of Sunday, just 70 per cent of the eligible residents in Queensland have had one dose by Sunday.

Ms D'Ath strongly hinted at a reopening timeline when asked the vaccine target for reopening the borders to virus hotspots in NSW, Victoria and the ACT.  

'The target is getting yourself protected in the next five to six weeks. That is your mission,' she said.

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D'Ath (pictured) has hinted the state's borders could reopen in November

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D'Ath (pictured) has hinted the state's borders could reopen in November 

'Get yourself protected and that helps protect our whole community and allows us to open up.'     

The Queensland government has not recommitted to opening the borders once vaccination coverage reaches 80 per cent - as initially agreed upon under the national Covid plan. 

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the state has modelled reopening at 80 per cent, but she would prefer if vaccine coverage reached 95 per cent.

'It shows that we would be stretched, of course we would be, which is why I don't want to stop at 80 per cent,' she said. 

'I would like to see every single Queenslander, 12 years of age or older, vaccinated. I think that's absolutely critical.

'The more Queenslanders who are vaccinated, the less the impact will be on our health system.'

Authorities across Australia are bracing for Covid cases to skyrocket among the unvaccinated as states begin to open up. 

Ms D'Ath urged Queenslanders to make sure they are vaccinated within 'five to six' weeks to be protected against incoming Delta cases. Pictured: police direct motorists at the NSW/QLD border

Ms D'Ath urged Queenslanders to make sure they are vaccinated within 'five to six' weeks to be protected against incoming Delta cases. Pictured: police direct motorists at the NSW/QLD border

Ms D'Ath warned the unvaccinated will still be vulnerable to catching the virus even once the majority of the population are fully-vaccinated. 

'This virus will go into every single community once Queensland and Australia opens up,' she said.  

'If you are not vaccinated, then it doesn't matter if we hit the 80 per cent target - you will not be protected.'

Meanwhile, Sydneysiders flocked to businesses on Monday after spending 106 days in lockdown as the state celebrates hitting its 70 per cent double dose target. 

From Monday, fully-vaccinated residents can enjoy a raft of new freedoms - including travelling more than five km from home and welcoming household visitors.

Gyms, cafes, restaurants, shops, entertainment venues, and hairdressers across NSW have reopened and indoor and outdoor gatherings are now permitted, with caps of 10 and 30 people respectively.

Face masks are no longer mandatory outdoors, with the exception of hospitality workers actively serving customers, but still must be worn inside except when eating or drinking. 

NSW residents hit the streets of Sydney after lockdown restrictions were eased on Monday

NSW residents hit the streets of Sydney after lockdown restrictions were eased on Monday 

While Sydneysiders are no longer confined to a 5km bubble, they can only explore Greater Sydney - including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, or Shellharbour - until intrastate travel is restored at the 80 per cent vaccination rate. 

This rule does not apply to regional residents

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