Qld MPs exempt from vaccine mandate in Parliament

Unvaccinated people will be banned from State Parliament but MPs will be exempt under a directive that comes into effect next week.

Speaker Curtis Pitt will mandate COVID vaccinations for Parliament, meaning no one can enter the precinct unless they have received two doses, are medically exempt, or have applied to Mr Pitt for an exemption.

The directive will take effect from December 18.

People entering Parliament’s grounds must now show proof of their vaccination status to staff, either electronically or via a hard copy.

Members of the legislative assembly entering for parliamentary business will be exempt, but they cannot visit dining areas, including cafeterias, coffee shops, or any bar. Those who are exempt from obtaining a vaccination will also be barred from any eating areas and must wear a mask.

The mandate also extends to electoral offices, where MPs won’t be exempt. Parliamentary officers and staff must have their first dose of a vaccine by December 17 and their second by January 21. Failing to comply could result in termination.

The staff directive takes effect from December 13.