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QLD vaccine mandate and SA testing boost

Published: 04/10/2021

All truck drivers entering Queensland from another state must be vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID vaccine.

Under the new regulations, all truck drivers, as well as those using the freight pass, must have at least one dose of a COVID vaccine by 15 October and have their second dose (or a booking) by 15 November. 

Following the announcement, a new COVID vaccination clinic has opened for truck drivers at the Goondiwindi Showgrounds. 

“Freight workers and truck drivers are absolutely essential to keeping food on the table and rebuilding our economy,” said QLD Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for all truck drivers to get vaccinated," she said.

Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) are now being offered in South Australia for truck drivers who have not been fully vaccinated or do not have evidence of a negative COVID-19 result taken within 72 hours of arrival in the state.

SA Road Transport Association Executive Officer Steve Shearer welcomed the introduction of the use of RATs and said it was a positive move by the SA Government.

“It follows SARTA’s lengthy discussions with the Premier and senior officials as the 27 September (now 7 October) start date of the SA-entry requirement that HV drivers have had at least one vaccination jab," Mr Shearer said.

"We convinced them that a process would be needed to facilitate safe entry of the currently high percentage of HV drivers who aren’t vaccinated, or don’t have a current test, so we could avoid turning away too many drivers and their freight.”

Mr Shearer said the use of RAT and PCR tests will facilitate HV driver’s entry while maintaining effective COVID protections.

"The RAT will enable a driver to proceed instead of having to wait for a negative test from their PCR," Mr Shearer said.

"If their RAT is positive then their PCR will be processed more urgently while the driver continues on their journey and if it confirms they are positive, they will be contacted by the Communicable Diseases Control Branch and appropriate arrangements will be made," he said.

For the latest COVID updates and requirements, head to the NHVR coronavirus website.

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