People will be able to travel to and from Australia without being required to declare their COVID-19 vaccination status from 12.01am, 6 July.
The decision to amend the Biosecurity Act 2015 to remove these requirements was based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer, said Mark Butler, Health Minister.
“The Chief Medical Officer has advised it is no longer necessary for travellers to declare their vaccine status as part of our management of COVID. Unvaccinated Australians, as well as certain groups of visa holders, have been able to travel to Australia for some time,” said Butler.
“We will continue to act on the medical advice as needed,” he added.
However, travellers will still have to comply with any remaining COVID-19 requirements of airlines and shipping operators, as well as other countries and states and territories.
This currently includes wearing masks on inbound international flights. State and territory orders mandating masks on domestic flights also remain in place.
Meanwhile, across Victoria almost 68 percent of people aged 12 years and older are now up to date with three COVID-19 vaccination doses, while over 94 percent have received two doses.
In addition, over 56 percent of children aged five to 11 years in the state have now received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine.
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COVID deaths rise amongst those without booster dose
New data shows the majority of Victorians who have died from COVID this year have not received their booster dose, according to the NEMBC Multilingual News.
New Victorian government data shows that over 70 percent of COVID deaths reported across the state in the last six months were among people who have not had their third dose of the vaccine.
The data also showed that while unvaccinated Victorians are just four per cent of the population, they comprised 37 per cent of COVID deaths so far this year.
(Media release & NEMBC Multilingual News)
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