Queensland Health has issued a vaccination mandate for people who work in “high-risk settings”, including schools and early childhood centres.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk detailed the mandate in an address to state parliament.
“The Chief Health Officer will be mandating vaccinations for people who work in designated high-risk settings,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“This includes mandatory vaccinations for school, staff and workers in both state and private schools.
As well as schools, the mandate will also encompass youth detention centres and correctional facilities and airports.
She said the state was taking “this strong action” to protect vulnerable Queenslanders.
“It is action that is consistent with other states and territories such as New South Wales and Victoria,” she said.
“If you can’t be vaccinated we want to make sure those around you are vaccinated.
“If you are in a high-risk group we also want to make sure those around you are vaccinated.”