Queensland COVID outbreak sparks health officials to change vaccination policy
Unvaccinated health workers will no longer be able to work with COVID-19 patients in Queensland.
Two distinct virus clusters have emerged in Brisbane, both linked to healthcare workers at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.
There has been a “rapid ramp up” of the number of virus cases being managed in Queensland hospitals, with the total number of patients currently at 78.
From Wednesday, the state will mandate that only healthcare workers who have received their first dose of the vaccine can work directly with COVID cases.
Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the mandate did not come in earlier because of the number of staff needed to take care of the increased caseload.