No jab no ticket as NSW venues back vaccination passports plan

The Federal Government has moved closer to introducing digital Covid vaccination passports after striking a deal with Apple and Google to allow digital certificates to readily show Covid vaccination records on both iPhone and Android devices.

The certificates had previously only been available through the myGov site, but Government Services Minister Linda Reynolds said the certificates were still optional.

“We are giving people control over the level of ­vaccination history they share, as the standalone certificate only shows Covid-19 vaccination status,” she said.

Sporting venues in NSW are working on a plan to introduce vaccination passports next year, saying fans who want to see any big events at major stadiums and suburban grounds in 2022 will need to prove they have been jabbed.

Venues NSW chairman Tony Shepherd said it would be a “tremendous incentive for people to get vaccinated”.

“The rollout has been slow so this can’t be introduced until everyone has had a fair opportunity to be vaccinated,” he told The Daily Telegraph.

“However it’s then a case of, if you haven’t been vaccinated, you can’t come.

“If you choose not to have the jab that is your civil right in a free country but the Delta strain is extremely transmissible and we need to do something to reopen our stadiums.

“The venues will have to say you can’t attend. Simple as that. Getting crowds back to sport is important but we can’t put fans at risk.”

The Victorian government is also considering a similar program after losing a number of high profile major events this year.

Sporting venues are not alone in pushing for vaccination passports with music promoters Live Nation and Michael Chugg also backing the plan to allow the resumption of music festivals and concerts.