Gladys Berejiklian backs plans to allow vaccinated Aussies to be able fly overseas with home quarantine upon return
- Scott Morrison flagged plans to let Aussies go overseas with home quarantine
- NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said Mr Morrison’s idea is a ‘great suggestion’
- Mr Morrison said the plan was still ‘some time away’ from becoming reality
Gladys Berejiklian has backed Scott Morrison‘s plan to allow vaccinated Aussies to fly overseas and quarantine at home when they get back.
‘These are the kind of issues we will be able to look at, we will be able to think about once we know that the majority of our population has the vaccine,’ she said.
Gladys Berejiklian has backed Scott Morrison’s plan to allow vaccinated Aussies to fly overseas and do home quarantine when they get back
‘Once you have the vaccine, it vastly reduces your chance of getting the disease, vastly reduces your chance of spreading it and even if you do get it, it doesn’t mean you will have it severely.’
The prime minister had earlier told a community forum in Perth that his first aim is to allowed vaccinated Aussies to leave the country for work and funerals and return with home quarantine.
‘The first goal I think is to enable Australians who are vaccinated to be able to move and travel, particularly for important purposes,’ he said.
‘And secondly, for Australian residents and citizens from overseas who have been properly vaccinated, they will be able to come back in that way.
‘That would enable Australians to travel first for business and those sorts of things but ultimately if that worked well over a period of time and the data was showing that home-based quarantine was not creating any additional, scaled risks, that could lead to something more significant. That is how we move to the next step.’
Squat Morrison! Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Fortescue Metals chairman Andrew Forrest (left) join workers for morning exercise during a visit to the Christmas Creek mine site in The Pilbara, Western Australia
He said allowing travel would provide an important ‘incentive’ to people to get vaccinated.
The prime minister said the government’s medical experts had been tasked with coming up with a framework to give travel freedom to Australians who have received both doses of the jab.
Mr Morrison said the plan was still ‘some time away’ from becoming reality but was the next step in relaxing the country’s strict border closures during the pandemic.
‘What I’d like to see happen next, and this is what I’ve tasked the medical experts with, is ensuring we can know when an Australian is vaccinated here with their two doses, is able to travel overseas and return without having to go through hotel quarantine,’ he told 6PR Perth on Thursday.
‘Now, I think we’re still some time away from that.
‘The states, at this stage, I’m sure wouldn’t be agreeing to relaxing those hotel quarantine arrangements for those circumstances at this point in time.’
Australians are banned from leaving the country unless they qualify for an exemption until at least June.
A registered nurse receives a Covid-19 vaccine on the Gold Coast in February