Western Australia sets ambitious 90% vaccine target before opening border

Western Australia (WA) maintains a closed border policy until the New Year, and according to a new roadmap released by Prime Minister Mark Magawan, vaccinated trips only if 90% of WA’s population is vaccinated Can enter the state.

Eastern states, New South Wales (NSW), Victoria, and Queensland are gradually opening or planning to open, but this year Western Australia will open between January and February. ..

“This puts us in the best position to make the transition, with minimal impact on our health, economy and lifestyle,” McGowan told reporters on November 5. rice field.

“I would like to emphasize that the 90% target threshold can be reached early or late, but if you set a specific date for the transition after reaching 80%, that date will be fixed,” he said. Said.

“Almost two years later, we are on the verge of a new chapter,” he said. “A chapter that reconnects WA to other parts of the world, but the right way, that is, reconnecting WA’s methods safely, carefully, and responsibly.”

He said rushing to resume would increase “risk” and “harm.”

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Overview of domestic arrival signs arriving at Perth Airport in Perth, Australia on January 8, 2021. (Matt Jelonek / Getty Images)

WA’s secure transition plan allows only fully vaccinated domestic and international travelers to enter the country and does not require quarantine. Arrivals must also provide proof that the PCR test is negative 72 hours before departure to WA and must download the G2G pass.

Intermittent restrictions such as mask obligations, vaccination proofs, and contract tracking remain in this state.

The prime minister expected the state to reach its 80% vaccination target by mid-December.

Western Australia is experiencing a relatively low COVID-19 infection, along with most of Australia’s jurisdictions, compared to New South Wales and Victoria, which have handled the majority of Australian cases. ..

As a result, WA has adopted strict measures to address the emergence of COVID-19. This includes the rapid closure of the entire city and the high requirements for future travelers to the state.

This approach lags behind WA vaccination rates, with only 63.7% of the target population receiving two approved vaccines. Nationally, 79.6 percent of the population over the age of 16 is fully vaccinated.

In late October, McGowan announced a radical new vaccine obligation for three-quarters of the state’s workforce, or 1.1 million inhabitants.

The obligation is fined A $ 20,000 for individuals and A $ 100,000 for businesses.

The prime minister also warned that areas with delayed vaccination rates could be separated from other parts of the state due to border restrictions within the state.

“Cut off Pilbara and other areas is not what I want to do,” he said.

“But if that’s what it takes to protect the community and industry, we take that step based on the health advice of the time.”

Daniel Y. Ten