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Western Australia Premier Introduces Tough New Vaccination Rules For Travelers

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According to a report, interstate travel into WA has gotten stricter as Premier Mark McGowan introduced a double vaccination program for states hit by COVID-19.

In the wake of changes announced on Saturday, those who are approved to travel from low, medium, high, and extreme risk areas must be fully immunized before entering WA.

Victoria and NSW are classified as extreme risk states, while the ACT is classified as moderate risk.

Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia, and the Northern Territory are classified as very low risk.

“These travel conditions will better protect Western Australia and can be implemented under WA’s controlled border arrangements,” McGowan said.

“Our border controls have worked and have kept us safe but won’t be here forever.”

“As we get our vaccination rate up, we need to remain cautious and vigilant and take every precaution,” he added.

“The Delta variant has increased transmissibility, is the dominant strain around the world and has been central to outbreaks in NSW, Victoria and the ACT.”

The new requirements will be effective beginning 12:01 am on November 5 for medium, high and extreme risk jurisdictions, while low-risk areas will see the new rule on November 15.

At present, there is no Australian region classified as low risk.

Those younger than 12 years old or with a recognized medical condition are exempt from the double-vaccine regulations.

“This new requirement is based on health advice to benefit Western Australians and keep us safe,” Health Minister Roger Cook said.

“With the vaccines readily available for people right across the country, it means people have had sufficient time and opportunity to be fully vaccinated before they travel.

“We need to get vaccinated, maintain our good personal hygiene, and practice all our COVID safe measures to keep COVID at bay and protect our lifestyles.”

Victoria and NSW have implemented double vaccination regulations for travelers between the two states.

However, WA has taken one step further by not allowing entry from other low-risk areas like the ACT that is currently classified as medium risk.

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