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WA Premier Mark McGowan to keep the border slammed shut for Christmas

Mark McGowan is facing growing pressure to set a date for opening his border to boost his state's vaccination rates.

Western Australia is lagging the rest of the country with only 56 per cent of residents fully jabbed, compared to the national average of 68 per cent.

On Monday in Queensland, where 57 per cent are fully vaccinated, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the state would end its Covid elimination policy and open its domestic border on December 17 as an incentive for residents to get jabbed.

Only some of Australia's states have announced plans to remove their domestic borders. NSW and Victoria are already open but WA, SA and Tasmania are yet to announce dates

The move has sparked calls for WA to do the same amid fears vaccine rates in the  vast state may not reach an 80 per cent by Christmas. 

Vaccine rollout boss General John Frewen said that setting a date would 'focus minds' and warned that without one the state may still be closed until the New Year.

'On current rates I'm not optimistic at all,' he told The West Australian newspaper.

'Could it happen? Sure, but really it just needs people to rally,' he said of achieving the 80 per cent target set out in the national re-opening plan by Christmas.   

Premier McGowan said on Friday he will not set a date for opening his border to NSW and Victoria until 'somewhere between 80 and 90 per cent' are vaccinated, leading to fears families may be separated until Easter.

In a deviation from the national re-opening plan he wants over 12s to achieve this rate rather than over 16s. 

State Opposition leader and Nationals MP Mia Davies urged Mr McGowan to set a re-opening date.

Western Australians have very few restrictions on their lives - except they cannot leave their home state because they won't be allowed back in. Pictured: Perth's Trigg Beach

'It is very concerning that we now have every other state in Australia with a roadmap for reopening and yet we can't get the same detail from our Premier or state government,' she said on Monday.

'This Premier seems intent on holding his cards very close to his chest in relation to this.'  

Tasmania and South Australia are also yet to set a date for re-opening their borders.

Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein said in late September he wants a 90 per cent vaccination rate before opening up. With 84 per cent having had one dose, this is expected in December. 

Last week the Northern Territory, where 59 per cent are fully vaccinated, said it will allow 14-day home quarantine in December and bring down its border in the New Year.

On Monday Queensland announced it would move to home quarantine on November 19 and open its border on December 17, when it is expected to have fully vaccinated 80 per cent of residents. 

Premier Palaszczuk said the move would encourage the state's residents, who have been relatively unaffected by Covid-19 with only a few short lockdowns in the south east, to get vaccinated. 

Victoria removed its border with NSW last week but requires visitors to get tested before they enter. 

West Australian Treasurer and Premier Mark McGowan wants to keep his Covid elimination policy in place