The New South Wales government has announced that it will be conducting a vaccination passport trial in the state from 6 October, in preparation for the easing of restrictions for fully jabbed residents once the 70% double dose target has been reached.
The government has also announced it will from October 6 conduct a two-week pilot for its “vaccination passport”, which will be linked to the Service NSW check-in app, in regional NSW.
However, NSW’s vaccination passport may not be fully operational in time for the easing of restrictions in mid-October, the government says.
But the restrictions will be eased at 70 per cent double-dose coverage regardless, and the NSW government says residents will be obliged to demonstrate their vaccination status through ‘other means.’
Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello said the government would not postpone the easing of restrictions and residents could instead use the Medicare app for proof of vaccination.
They could also print out their vaccination certificate.
Once 70 per cent double-dose coverage is reached, fully vaccinated NSW residents can again visit the homes of others and attend hospitality venues, retail outlets, gyms and sports matches.
“It’s a good problem to have,” Mr Dominello told reporters.
“But right now there are other options for showing vax status.”
Mr Dominello said the inclusion of vaccination status in the Service NSW app would create an “all-in-one” platform for residents and make compliance checks easier for businesses.
It may also facilitate interstate travel in the months ahead.
Travelling inter-state will likely require proof of vaccination whether it be to fly or check-in, stay at certain hotels and experience tours and attractions.
The trial from October 6 will incorporate multiple regional council areas and include clubs and aged care facilities, Mr Dominello said.
Residents will need to provide consent for their vaccination data, currently held by federal authorities, to appear on the app.
Mr Dominello reiterated faking vaccination certificates would constitute a “serious criminal offence” and may involve jail time.
Restrictions on the unvaccinated will not ease at this point.
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