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Victoria Could Join Queensland & Northern Territory In Scrapping Vaccine Mandates For Public Venues

After the latest wave of infections, Victoria could drop its COVID-19 vaccine mandates, expected to peak within weeks.

The state's hospitals are bracing for 500 or more patients a day with the virus at the height of the Omicron BA.2 sub-variant outbreak, according to Health Minister Martin Foley.

However, overall daily case numbers are harder to predict because of factors, including the number of people getting tested and those who are asymptomatic.

With cases still rising through April, Victoria will not yet follow Queensland's lead and drop the vaccine mandate, Mr Foley and Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters on Wednesday.

However, it could be removed once infections start falling again.

"Let's get through these next few weeks, let's get past this peak in sub-variant Omicron cases and then we'll have options," Mr Andrews said.

"One of those, hopefully, will be dealing with things like the vaccinated economy and all sorts of other rules."

On Tuesday, Queensland and the Northern Territory announced that it would be dropping their vaccine mandates for certain public venues.

From 1 am April 14, public venues in Queensland will no longer require proof of vaccination for entry, a mandate that was introduced in December last year.

Pubs, clubs, cafes, theme parks, stadiums and cinemas will all be open to unvaccinated people under the change of mandate.

People in the Northern Territory will also no longer have to prove they are vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter licensed premises. Chief Health Officer Hugh Heggie has scrapped the vaccine pass for entertainment venues. This means unvaccinated people can again enter bars, pubs, nightclubs, restaurants, casinos, cinemas and theatres.

AAP with The Project