Western Australia scraps major vaccine mandate

·Associate News Editor
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Western Australia, the state widely seen as having some of the harshest measures during the Covid pandemic, is set to scrap one of its major vaccine rules.

From next Friday, the state's mandatory vaccination policy will be eased, meaning workers in the public and private sector will no longer need three jabs to attend work.

The rule will only remain for healthcare workers in hospitals and primary healthcare settings, residential aged care and residential disability settings.

Premier Mark McGowan wearing a navy suit.
Premier Mark McGowan has taken no chances during the Covid pandemic. Source: Getty

While Premier Mark McGowan praised the state for its "world-leading" vaccination rate, he said Western Australians must continue to implement preventative measures as Omicron continues to circulate and a bumper flu season is expected.

"We need to be vigilant, especially as we're getting into the colder months and people are now travelling more," he said.

Almost 98 per cent of Western Australians aged 16 and over have had two doses of a Covid vaccine. Only the ACT and Tasmania have had higher vaccination rates for that age group.

From Tuesday, there will be no cap on unvaccinated arrivals in the state while quarantine for those individuals will be scrapped.

From June 15, restrictions on access to remote Aboriginal communities will also be scrapped, although mask-wearing, proof of vaccination and visitor limits in certain settings will remain.

WA finally opened its border on March 3 after more than 700 days of restrictions. The date was due to be February 5, however the Omicron surge meant it was pushed back.

While pressure grew from those separated from their families, an unflinching Mr McGowan pushed on with restrictions to ensure vaccination levels were as high as possible to avoid overrun hospitals and to save lives.

With AAP

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