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‘No more segregation’: Dametto continues calls to scrap all COVID-19 mandates

KAP Deputy Leader and Hinchinbrook MP, Nick Dametto wants vaccine mandates dropped so the State can truly open up.

KATTER’S Australian Party (KAP) Deputy Leader and Hinchinbrook MP, Nick Dametto is calling for the Premier to scrap all COVID-19 mandates following Monday’s announcement by the state government that the COVID check-in app will now only be needed at venues that require proof of vaccination.

The decision was made to scrap the app for unrestricted businesses as Queensland sees a decline in COVID hospitalisation numbers with the downward trajectory expected to continue throughout February.

With 90 per cent of the eligible population now fully vaccinated, Mr Dametto said that KAP will continue to fight to end COVID-19 vaccine mandates throughout Queensland.

“With our high COVID-19 vaccination rates, we should be following other jurisdictions and begin to truly open up our state and get back to normal, no more segregation”, he said.

“A lot of people who have chosen not to be vaccinated have been waiting for Novavax to become available. Early estimates indicate an up take of this vaccination option would see an increase vaccination rate of another 3 per cent, bringing us to about 93 per cent.

“But we need to be realistic here, there is always going to be a portion of the population that simply do not want to be vaccinated.

“There’s a multitude of diseases out there such as measles, mumps and rubella where even though a vaccination is available for them, a small percentage of the population choose not to become vaccinated, and we don’t lock them out of our cafes, bars and restaurants,” Mr Dametto said.

Minister for Health, Yvette D’Ath stated that the check-in app wouldn’t be scrapped entirely and would still operate for the purpose of confirming vaccination status of customers and consumers, and compliance with the mandatory vaccination for “high risk settings” like restaurants and cafes.

“We can announce a shift away from check-in apps for all businesses and venues that don’t have mandatory vaccination for their customers and consumers.

“That means taxis, rideshare, retail, supermarkets, hairdressing, beauty therapy, gyms, indoor play centres, real estate and auction houses, indoor sport centres…you will no longer need to check-in,” she said.

While Mr Dametto welcomes the announcement and acknowledges it as a positive step, he still begs the question, “what classifies a café, restaurant or pub as a high-risk setting.”

“Some people only go to a café or restaurant once a week or less. Compared to going to a grocery store to get essential items where vaccinated and unvaccinated people come into contact frequently. So why are unvaccinated Queenslanders still unable to sit and dine in at a restaurant?

“Putting an end to the COVID-19 check-in app for unrestricted businesses is a small step forward but it should mark the beginning of the end for these unnecessary mandates,” Mr Dametto said.

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