Queensland open to mandatory school vaccination

Queensland’s education minister won’t rule out mandatory coronavirus vaccinations for school students, teachers and staff.

Grace Grace says national cabinet will likely make the final decision on any mandatory jab if and when a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available.

She says the state government is open to a mandatory vaccine program in Queensland schools.

“We would look at what is available and what the national cabinet would do in line with the federal government,” Ms Grace told a budget estimate hearing on Wednesday.

“We will work cooperatively with them. Everything is on the table.”

Liberal National Party MP Christian Rowan, who asked Ms Grace about a mandatory vaccine in the state’s schools, also asked education department director-general Tony Cook the same question.

He described the questions as hypothetical for the department as the vaccine wasn’t available in Australia yet.

The Queensland government is open to a mandatory COVID vaccine program in its public schools. Credit: AAP

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