McGowan drops mandatory vaccinations for most West Australians

The bulk of Western Australia’s mandatory vaccination policy will be scrapped from June 10 as the state removes some of its remaining travel restrictions.

Only workers in high risk settings including disability, aged care and healthcare will be subject to vaccination mandates, West Australian Premier McGowan announced.

The lifting of the ban comes one day after the deadline for around 1 million workers to receive their third mandatory jab, with 82 per cent of the public aged 16 and over now triple-vaccinated.

Quarantine requirements will also be removed for unvaccinated Australian residents returning to Western Australia, however unvaccinated international visitors are still unable to enter the country under Commonwealth rules.

McGowan said the change was based on health advice.

“The policy has been extraordinarily effective in protecting West Australians and helping achieve some of the highest vaccination rates in the world,” he said.

“It’s kept people out of hospital, it’s kept people out of intensive care.”

McGowan said some public sector industries, such as emergency services and prison services, were considering whether to continue with the workplace mandates.

Six months ago McGowan told ABC Radio Perth the vaccine mandates would be in place for “a couple of years”.

“The mandates will stay in place,” he said at the time.

“I can’t say what a future premier might do, but they’ll be in place for a very long time while I’m the Premier.”

More than 99 percent of eligible West Australians have received two doses of the vaccine.

Around 22,000 eligible people have not received the jab, with many unable to work, or moving into workplaces which did not fall under the vaccine mandate rules.

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