“When schools have unvaccinated staff, it is limited to one or two people in the vast majority of cases.
“In addition, the department has access to approximately 5,000 fully immunized relief teachers who are ready to work in public schools if needed.”
Work was underway in states and territories to develop a nationally consistent approach to testing and isolation requirements for schools, the spokeswoman said, but could not confirm whether rapid tests d antigen would be provided for staff.
The number of unvaccinated is far lower than predicted by the Queensland Professional Teachers Association late last year, which warned 6,000 teachers could be lost.
The education ministry is not the first sector to face the vaccine mandate, with police and healthcare workers subject to the directive, with some already suspended and others taking their battle to court.
The number of people opposed to the warrant has raised concerns as thousands of workers simultaneously test positive for COVID, draining the workforce in hospitals and police departments.
Earlier this week, 2,138 health workers tested positive, putting more strain on the strained health system.
More than 2,700 were also considered close contacts, with some continuing to work in departments under daily testing regimes.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath again denounced the Nurses Professional Association Queensland on Thursday, which she said wrote on social media that she “welcomed the government’s decision to allow the return of the unvaccinated health workers in the health forces “.
“This is not correct. We do not anticipate or welcome unvaccinated health workers into the health system at all. I hope the NPAQ will immediately clarify this claim.
Once the state reaches 90% double vaccination, Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said unvaccinated people will still not be able to visit pubs and clubs and other areas where they have been banned and that the rules would not change.