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WA COVID-19: Mandatory workplace vaccinations removed for some

Western Australia will scrap its mandatory workplace vaccination policy on June 10, for everyone except hospital, health, aged and disability care staff.

WA Premier Mark McGowan announced the news today as the state hit nearly 82 per cent triple vaccination rates.

"We have one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, and certainly the highest in Australia," McGowan said.

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Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan announces mandatory COVID-19 vaccination will be scrapped from June 10.

"It's an achievement western Australians should be proud of and it's helped deliver the soft landing out of COVID we were all hoping for."

McGowan said the "soft landing" means the state has new health advice, and previous safety measures can now be phased out.

"The policy has helped us achieve the best outcomes around the world," he said.

"It's kept people out of hospital.

"Most importantly, it has saved many lives.

"We are clearly past the peak of the omicron wave."

The announcement comes one day after a deadline saw close to 1 million workers receive their third mandatory jab.

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More than 99 per cent of west Australian's have received one and two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Unvaccinated Australians can also enter WA without having to quarantine for seven days.

Unvaccinated international visitors are still unable to enter the country under Commonwealth rules, McGowan said.

In the last two weeks the state's COVID-19 cases have halved.

The state recorded 8201 cases of the virus in the latest 24 hour reporting period.

One person has died from the virus overnight.

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