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Free at last: Vaccine mandates to be dropped for most places from April 14

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Queenslanders will be free of most pandemic restrictions from next Thursday after the Palaszczuk Government opted to lift vaccine mandates for people going to pubs, clubs, restaurants and most other public venues.

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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the high rate of vaccinations had protected the vast majority of Queenslanders from the virus.

Hospitals, aged care, airports, child care centres and other vulnerable places will continue to have vaccine mandates.

“The restrictions we had in place did their job,” Ms Palaszczuk said, adding that more than 90 per cent of Queenslanders aged 12 and over had been fully vaccinated.

She said it was time for Queenslanders to “reunite” and move to a new post-pandemic normal.

The decision, in time for Easter, means people will not have to show proof of their vaccination to enter venues such as theme parks, casinos, cinemas, weddings, showgrounds, galleries, libraries and museums.

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said businesses and patrons are being given plenty of notice.

Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerrard said the evidence was that the state had passed the peak of the second wave of the Omicron variant, meaning high vaccination rates had protected most people.

He said a good indication that Queensland had passed the worst of the pandemic was that there were just four patients with Covid on ventilators out of a population of five million.

However, both the Premier and Dr Gerrard urged those who had not received a vaccine to get the jab or se a health professional if they had any concerns.

He said it was very unlikely the restrictions would be reimposed.

Queensland recorded another 9946 cases and eight deaths with the virus on Tuesday.

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