Federal MP Andrew Laming leads COVID-19 vaccine mandate rally in Cleveland

Federal MP Andrew Laming is calling for greater debate and more information on evidence behind vaccine mandates.

SPEAK UP: Bowman MP Andrew Laming will host a public rally in Cleveland next weekend to discuss the vaccine mandate.

SPEAK UP: Bowman MP Andrew Laming will host a public rally in Cleveland next weekend to discuss the vaccine mandate.

Mr Laming will host a public rally at Cleveland Cleveland Library on Sunday, December 5 from 9am on the issue which he says had the potential to become the most divisive issue in Australia.

"As a medico and MP, I will step up and face the questions from the community, most of which are utterly justified," he said.

Redlands reached a major COVID-19 milestone earlier this week, with 91.9 per cent of residents having had a first dose vaccination.

A total of 80.8 per cent of Redlanders have had their second shot.

Mr Laming said the imposition of vaccine rules had been haphazard and politicised.

"These mandates have the potential to destroy people's lives and livelihoods if people are forced to give up jobs because they're not vaccinated," he said.

Mr Laming, who has been vaccinated, said he backed vaccination levels "as high as locals allow".

"Queensland vaccination rates have lagged since day one. That now threatens our tourism peak season and thousands of jobs," he said.

"We will defeat COVID, keep people safe and in their jobs without mass sackings and creating martyrs. We just have to follow quality public health advice that is released publicly and in real time."

Health Minister Yvette D' Ath said vaccination mandates covered vulnerable cohorts like aged care, disability services and health care settings.

As December 17 approaches, unvaccinated people will be limited to where they will be allowed to go.

"The measures will limit the attendance of unvaccinated people - staff, patrons and visitors - to a range of venues and settings involving face-to-face interaction," she said.

Ms D'Ath said vaccinated people, children under the age of 16 and people who were unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons would be able to attend venues like residential care facilities, hotels, pubs, music venues, Queensland government owned galleries, libraries.

Unvaccinated people would still receive healthcare, go to grocery stores, pharmacies, post offices, newsagents and clothing stores, and take part in activities like going to the gym for exercise.

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen has asked Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to urgently reconsider restrictions to be imposed on unvaccinated residents when borders reopen.

He said the plan posed a threat to the Scenic Rim lifestyle and economy.

Rural Council chair at the Royal Australasian College of General Practitioners Michael Clements said it was doubtful that many people could claim a legitimate medical reason for remaining unvaccinated.

"Vaccine exemptions for medical reasons are exceedingly rare," Dr Clements said.

While there was a clinical benefit to the mandate, especially to prevent COVID running rampant and putting vulnerable people at risk, the Queensland government had clearly introduced the proposed restrictions as a way to boost vaccination rates.

"The day after they announced the restrictions for unvaccinated people, the vaccination rates skyrocketed," he said.