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A grandmother is facing possible deportation after her entry into Western Australia was denied over her COVID-19 vaccination status.

Claire Henderson travelled to Perth from the UK to see her family after not seeing them for almost three years because of the pandemic.

The 64-year-old’s son Michael said her visa, G2G pass and vaccination exemption were all approved in November last year.

Claire Henderson travelled to Perth from the UK to see her family after not seeing them for almost three years because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Claire Henderson travelled to Perth from the UK to see her family after not seeing them for almost three years because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (9News)

The Manchester woman has been granted a vaccine exemption because she has temporal arteritis, which causes the arteries in her head to become inflamed.

But when Ms Henderson landed in Perth on Monday evening, Australian Border Force (ABF) officers stopped her and denied her entry.

“It didn’t make any sense,” Michael said.

For two days now Ms Henderson has been placed in isolation at the Holiday Inn in Perth.

She was originally set to be deported on Tuesday night but that flight was delayed until Thursday as the ABF investigated her case further.

Claire Henderson has been placed in hotel quarantine at the Holiday Inn in Perth after she was detained at the airport by border force officers over her vaccination documents.
Claire Henderson has been placed in hotel quarantine at the Holiday Inn in Perth after she was detained at the airport by border force officers over her vaccination documents. (9News)

The Department of Home Affairs and the ABF haven’t responded to 9News requests for comment.

“It’s the federal government’s responsibility in respect to international borders and it’s their rules that have resulted in her being deported,” WA Police Minister Paul Papalia said.

Michael says this situation is devastating for his mother.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21: A COVID-19 testing clinic sign at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital on January 21, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. NSW has recorded 46 deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, marking the deadliest day in the state since the start of the pandemic. NSW also recorded 25,168 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hour reporting period. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images)

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