Published on Monday, February 8, 2021

Australia to continue quarantine for overseas visitors even after vaccination

Australia plans to continue imposing mandatory quarantine for arriving travellers even after mass vaccinations are rolled out in Australia and elsewhere around the world.

It would still apply to vaccinated visitors, probably until a majority of Australians are immunised.

There is still uncertainty over transmission of Covid-19 after a person has been given the jab.

Australia's Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said the data is still inconclusive.

"At the moment, the two-week quarantine in hotels - which has been so successful up till now - remains regardless of vaccination," Kelly said.

Australia expects to start vaccinating citizens later this month.

Government Services Minister Stuart Robert said all vaccinated citizens will be entered on the Australian Immunisation Register database and proof of the jab can be accessed via smartphone to ease processes such as interstate and international travel.

Robert said the government is discussing it with other countries to make it compliant for cross-border processing to enable two-way international travel to resume in the coming months.


Written by Ray Montgomery, Asia Editor

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  • Why The Delay

    Had the Australian Government started and undertook the vaccination with the same speed and efficiency as the UK or Israel, then the whole of The Population would be vaccinated by now, with Tourism ready to re-open. Instead they decided a minor row with Facebook was more important..

    By Lord Kent, Sunday, February 21, 2021

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