Victoria to trial vaccine passes for entry into regional pubs ahead of state-wide rollout

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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews. Source: AAP.

The Victorian government is planning a series of vaccinated entry pilots in regional pubs ahead of establishing a state-wide system that would bar unvaccinated patrons from entering some businesses.

On Friday, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said he had discussed the pilot program with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, confirming that if successful, he would expand it across the state once vaccination rates reached 80%.

“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,” he said.

Business groups support plans to reopen businesses to vaccinated patrons, including the Australian Industry Group, which has been in consultation with the government about how to develop a vaccination pass.

The federal government is currently working on integrating health data with the state and territory COVID-19 check-in apps to allow people to check in at venues without having to use multiple apps.

Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business Stuart Robert has indicated the government has been looking into sharing vaccination data with the states for several weeks.

Robert said the intention of the government is to work with the states so they can create a health pass system that Australians can use easily. 

“So when they use that state-based app, not only can they use the state-based QR code in terms of the state processes, but can also demonstrate at the same time that they’ve been vaccinated,” Robert said in a statement.

The Victorian government’s plans to introduce vaccine requirements for entry into businesses follows similar mandates in a range of overseas jurisdictions, including Israel, the European Union and New York City. 

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Shane Cook
Shane Cook
11 days ago

After what Andrews has done to these businesses why would they now do his dirty work. These so called vaccines are proven to be about 17% effective, so what’s the point.

critical thinker
critical thinker
11 days ago

I’m constantly baffled by how oblivious they are to the reality of the vaccines. Passports make no sense, the vaccines aren’t affective at stopping the spread, therefore the choice to vaccinate lies entirely on whether people choose to for their own reasons as it affects no one else (and the whole idea of it being to stop the health system being overloaded is a joke – They can clearly throw whatever money, time and resources at all this testing/tracking/tracing/etc so could do for the health system but are intentionally not) so clearly this is all just scare tactics to push more product rather than being based on any actual health concerns. Science yet again being trampled on….

Dylan
Dylan
10 days ago

You mean money is not an object because so much is spent on testing and tracing. They spend so much on that to mitigate the impacts of covid on the health of the nation and the economy. Vaccines are being used to the same end, spend some money on vaccines to save lots of money in reducing the hospitalisations from Covid. As for pushing product, what a baseless comment. Has the world lost trillions of dollars in some giant conspiracy to sell a few billion dollars worth of vaccines.

JSB
JSB
11 days ago

I would still like anyone to answer one simple question: how is an unvaccinated person a risk to anyone but themselves?

We now know that both can be asymptomatic, both can be viral load carriers, and the latest research out of Israel and Iceland shows the delta variant has had a field day in fully vaccinated populations to the point where Sweden has BANNED visitors from Israel and other countries, even if double-vaccinated.

Once VIC and NSW reach their magical 80% target and open up, there’ll be a sh!t-storm of delta COVID cases right across the board. Why do I think this? Because it’s already happened in countries ahead of us in vaccination rates, yet our illustrious politicians believe that somehow our situation is ‘different’.

You can’t fix stupid …

Atalanta44
Atalanta44
11 days ago
Reply to  JSB

You’ve got to be kidding, right? Are you seriously unaware that vaccinated people can still contract the disease and pass it on? Being vaccinated simply reduces the risk of hospitalisation should you become infected. So you, as an unvaccinated person, are still a risk to me, a fully vaccinated person, just a reduced risk.

Chris
Chris
10 days ago
Reply to  Atalanta44

Please provide the hard scientific evidence that Vax reduces chance of hospitalisation

Dylan
Dylan
10 days ago
Reply to  Chris

This is a joke right. It’s hard to pick up sarcasm online. To believe there is no proof that vaccines reduce hospitalisations at this point is similar to believing the world is flat, you can see what you want to see.

Last edited 10 days ago by Dylan
carol theresa bond
carol theresa bond
6 days ago
Reply to  Chris

you can also die with it even if you have 60 doses delta doesnt spare any one its most proberly like cancer some get a cure others die from it.but if this vax is so great why is it on your passport you have to have 8 booster shots.they are pumping poison into you and you wouldnt have a clue whats in it or what it can do to you later down the track.i know this virus spreads fear anger and families breaking apart over what they think about this stuff.why isnt some one talking about zinc and vitamin c why doesnt some one talk about natural immunity.they say the flu takes out a lot more people than covid.what worries me i can see the mad max film all over again were people just do what they want and this will happen by closing your bussinesses to none vax people.you say black lives matter the ozone matters gay marriage matters changing your identy matters.well people what about your fellow man that is being accused for killing you just because they had No vaczien.just remember if you have a family member who gets this vax and it results in death no one will care because people are selfish souls who just want their freedom back so they can go to the restraunts and have a coffee when all that the unvaxed wants is to get their groceries and just survive with what friends we have left because of government people pointing their fingers at us.REALLY

Mooka
Mooka
10 days ago
Reply to  Atalanta44

If you are so scared why don’t you just stay home and let the rest of us get on with our lives?

carol theresa bond
carol theresa bond
6 days ago
Reply to  Atalanta44

no thats not right atanta you can still be admitted to hospita

duncanm
duncanm
11 days ago

Any regional Vic pub that rolls this out will not be getting by business.

Joel
Joel
9 days ago
Reply to  duncanm

It’s not really a boycott if they won’t let you in is it?

carol theresa bond
carol theresa bond
6 days ago
Reply to  duncanm

sad isnt it

Ted
Ted
6 days ago

This is a joke right. Just black mail to make people do as they are told. This is discrimination at it’s worst.