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A transport company in far north Queensland says it risks losing a fifth of its drivers due to the Queensland government’s introduction of mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations.
All truck divers entering Queensland from another state must have at least one dose by October 15 and have their second dose – or a reservation – before November 15th.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the move comes after several drivers recently entered the state when they were contagious.
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âRegular testing means the cases have been detected quickly,â she said.
âBut due to the nature of their work, we know that many freight workers and truck drivers are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19. “
Les Blennerhassett is the owner of Blenners Transport, which has 160 trucks in its fleet and is essential for getting bananas, mangoes, avocados, citrus fruits and more from Far North Queensland to markets in the Southern States.
He said Tropic now it already has inactive trucks due to similar warrants already reported in Western Australia and South Australia.
“We have ten large platforms parked because the drivers refuse to be vaccinated and will not cross the border,” he said.
âWe’re going to be in trouble for the next few weeks. “
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Mr Blennerhassett predicts that freight companies in all fields will experience a similar reluctance to vaccination, which will slow the delivery of goods.
âEach haulage company is in the same boat,â Mr. Blennerhassett said.
âWe’re going to run out of material to get in and out of Queensland.
âWe have no shortage of trucks, but they are parked and not working and we only have a certain percentage of drivers.