CANBERRA, April 18 2021: Those Australians who are vaccinated against Covid-19 will be allowed greater travel freedoms. Stuart Robert, minister for employment, workforce, skills, small and family business, said that vaccinated Australians could be allowed to travel overseas and quarantine at home on their return before the whole majority of the population has been inoculated.
So far there have been 1.48 million vaccines administered in Australia. Health Minister Greg Hunt has said Australia’s borders could remain closed even after the entire population is vaccinated, but Minister Robert said Prime Minister Scott Morrison has made it quite clear that he wants borders open.
Robert told local TV. “We’d hope that the vast majority of Australians would be vaccinated. But if only 80 percent are vaccinated or 90 percent, you would still have 10 percent who are not vaccinated, over the age of 18, and therefore unprotected. And that leaves open the opportunity, unfortunately, for COVID-19 to still roll through the community. And that’s just the reality of when people have choices, as they should in Australia.”
The Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said a plan was underway that would allow vaccinated Australians to quarantine at home on arrival in the country. She said the country was looking to open international borders quickly ans safely and that they are working across agencies to make sure they are ready and able to support the opening of borders and that they are led by advice from health authorities.
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