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Govt offers vaccine prizes for young people

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Tasmania is offering iPads and other prizes to 12-18 year olds who get vaccinated against coronavirus, due to a lagging rate of uptake among teenagers.

Premier Peter Gutwein says a five-day vaccination blitz targeting the demographic will begin on Saturday.

"If you're aged 12 to 18 and have had a first or second dose of the vaccine by the 24th you will be in a draw with a chance to win an iPad and iPhone or an Apple watch,," he said on Friday.

The state government wants 90 per cent of people over 12 to be fully vaccinated by the time it throws open borders on December 15 to all travellers who've had both doses.

Mr Gutwein warned Tasmania's overall vaccination rate was slowing and the island state would only just reach that target.

"We've had many conversations about what we can do to pick the vaccination rate up," he said.

"Where I don't want to be on December the 16th is looking back and saying, 'Gee, I wish that we done a little bit more'."

Mr Gutwein said 50 prizes would be offered as part of the draw.

More than 84 per cent of Tasmanians over 16 are fully vaccinated, while 92 per cent have had one dose.

In the 12-15 age group, about 50 per cent are fully vaccinated and 68 per cent have had one dose.

Mr Gutwein also announced the state would lift restrictions on dancing and standing drinking on December 6, provided patrons at the venues were fully vaccinated.

On December 15, Tasmania will open to all travellers, provided they've had a negative virus test in the 72 hours before arriving.

People coming from low-risk areas are exempt.

The state is closed to NSW, Victoria, the ACT, plus hotspot areas in Queensland and the Northern Territory.

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