Jabs hit the beach before the “lumpy” boundary is lifted, and cases reach hundreds

“This is the last weekend for you to get your first dose, so you are fully vaccinated when the borders open,” said Police Secretary Mark Ryan.

Under the driving license, vaccinated highway arrivals will be allowed to enter Queensland via hotspot states by mid-December.


But Mr Ryan said a decision to maintain border checkpoints on the NSW state line until Queensland reaches a 90 per cent vaccination rate – not expected until early next year – was “what the people of Queensland want” to keep society safe.

Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said police working to make the opening effective expect the current level of border traffic to double from the roughly 20,000 vehicles now individually checked daily.

“Can I just say this to our society: every time we’ve done this, it’s been pretty messy, pretty lumpy,” Mr Gollschewski said. “That’s going to change … we will see delays, we will work through it, and we will continue to improve it as we go.

“If people can be vaccinated, we will do it faster … and as soon as we hit 90 percent, the limits are gone.”

Queenslanders are being urged to help bring COVID-19 driving license dates forward, with only days left for them without a first dose to get one if they are to be fully protected when the borders open.

If the current vaccination rate is maintained, the state may hit its reopening triggers early, but internal modeling suggests that mid-November and December dates largely remain on track.

The government is now also seeking another top doctor after Krispin Hajkowicz resigned from the role of health chief when Jeannette Young leaves the post on Monday.

Her current deputy, Mr Smith, said he did not apply during the first round of recruitment but would consider his options depending on how the process developed.

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