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Queensland sets key dates to reopen borders before Christmas


The Queensland border could be set to reopen and reunite families across the state by Christmas, under a new Covid vaccine plan.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is unveiling the new plan, which sets dates of when the state expects to achieve a 70 and 80 per cent vaccination rate.

Queensland has recorded zero new cases of coronavirus overnight.

"If we keep getting our vaccine, we can welcome family and friends from interstate hotspots in a little over a month who are fully vaccinated," Ms Palaszczuk says.

"A month after that in December, they can come without having to quarantine in time for Christmas - but they too will need to be fully vaccinated."

Travel restrictions are expected to ease on November 19, when the state reaches the 70 per cent mark.

It means people can enter Queensland from a hotspot if they are fully vaccinated, test negative to the virus and complete 14 days of home quarantine.

When Queensland reaches an 80 per cent vaccination rate - expected on December 17 - people can enter Queensland by air or road if they are fully vaccinated, without quarantine on arrival.

Once the state reaches the 90 per cent, there will be no restrictions whatsoever for fully vaccinated people.

Those who are unvaccinated are expected to still meet requirements for entry and quarantine if they enter the state. 

"This is your last opportunity"

Ms Palaszczuk says regional parts of the state have a lower vaccination rate when compared with Brisbane, urging those who are yet to receive a dose to roll up their sleeves.

She explains ministers would be visiting the "length and breadth" of Queensland this week.

"If we are going to weather the storm, we can be so prepared for this storm if we get vaccinated now," she says.

"I am urging Queenslanders, this is your last opportunity. This is your last chance to get vaccinated."

Across Queensland, 72.3 per cent has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine - 56.6 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Over the weekend, more than 34,000 Queenslanders rolled up their sleeves - including close to 8,000 across 33 Bunnings stores.

Restrictions to ease sooner if targets are reached early

Queensland's Chief Health Officer Doctor Jeannette Young is hoping the state will reach the 80 per cent rate earlier than December 17.

She is calling on the younger people in Queensland to come forward for a jab.

"And now I make a plea to younger people, if younger people were to get vaccinated, we would reach that target even earlier," she says.

"That's younger people in that 20-39 year age group who probably feel they are invincible but you are not. You need to get vaccinated so we can return to a normal way of life."