Vaccine passport trials to begin in regional Victoria and Sydney

The governments in Victoria and New South Wales are laying the groundwork for vaccine passport trials ahead of an expected wider rollout as the states reach their vaccination targets.

Victorian Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula said conducting the trials across hospitality venues in regional communities made sense.

“We think that in terms of a trial for those sort of small gatherings which might be done in a double-vaccinated only environment, we think it makes sense for that to start in regional Victoria,” he said.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said there would be a “vaccinated economy”.

“There is going to be a vaccinated economy, and you get to participate in that if you are vaccinated,” Andrews said.

“We’re going to move to a situation where, to protect the health system, we are going to lock out people who are not vaccinated and can be.

“When we get to those vaccination double-dose thresholds, as part of the national plan, the notion of a lockdown of the whole community is far less relevant. But what I think will become a bigger part of the response is a lockout of many, many venues for those who are not vaccinated.”

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been vocal in its support of a vaccine passport program.

“You only need to look overseas to see that they are likely to be an integral part of our opening up,” Chamber chief executive Paul Guerra said.

“Vaccination certificates must be integrated with QR code check in as a single system to reduce the impost on business and that technology should be rolled out as soon as such a scheme commences.

“It is crucial that there is no additional cost impost on business or the potential for reputational risk.”

Double jabbed residents in some parts of Sydney will also be able to have a drink at their local pub as NSW plans its vaccine passport pilot program.

Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello said they were working with the federal government to allow customers to access their Covid-19 vaccination certificate via the Service NSW app.

“Service NSW and Services Australia are currently finalising the details of the trial,” he told NCA NewsWire

“Its broader application will be subject to the Government’s reopening plan and the health orders.”