Health Minister sorry for confusion over Queensland travel cost testing


Senior members of the state government had spent days answering questions about such costs and whether the state would meet some of them by only saying that other states also required the tests and that it was a Commonwealth responsibility under Medicare subsidies.

Pushed further on Friday, after revealing that she had not spoken to her federal counterpart Greg Hunt in at least three weeks, Ms D’Ath echoed Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk’s comments that the matter had been addressed.

“I think we should move on,” said Mrs. D’Ath. “I just apologized to you. We have brought clarity, the Commonwealth has brought clarity. Now let’s get people vaccinated.”

When asked when health guidelines underpinning the rules would be made public, Ms D’Ath said the government had already provided clarity by setting the December 17 date rather than linking it to an 80 percent vaccination rate. per cent.

“We’ve committed to give the directions and we’ll make the instructions public at least a week before then, but I hope much sooner than that,” she said.

The next phase of the reopening of the Queensland border, allowing vaccinated people with evidence of a negative COVID-19 test to enter the state without quarantine, could take place up to 10 days earlier.

While other states, such as Tasmania, will not require residents who have left the state for less than seven days to provide proof of a negative test on their return, Ms D’Ath said Queensland had no plans for such a measure.

Queensland will still need the test results until it reaches a 90 percent vaccination rate expected in January – essentially precluding short interstate travel and another potential hurdle for residents becoming infected outside state lines.

The state conducted more than 9,000 tests in the 24 hours through Friday morning and authorities expect to reach a full 75 percent vaccination coverage rate once the latest data is released.


A total of 4,681 people were in home quarantine on Friday after entering Queensland under border rules relaxed last week.

Ms D’Ath urged people who had not yet been vaccinated to take advantage of pop-up vaccine clinics in tourist locations and shopping centers this weekend, particularly on the cross-border Gold Coast.

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