See you at the pub.
Fully vaccinated residents in select parts of Sydney could soon be able to have a drink at a pub as part of a vaccine passport trial. The trial will be conducted in suburbs with high vaccination rates and low case numbers.
The idea behind this is to test an upgrade to the Service NSW app that will allow people to check in and prove their vaccination status. This could reportedly take place early in October.
The news follows Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s call to use September to get ready. Despite the high case numbers, the plan to reopen once vaccination targets are met is likely to go ahead.
“September is the month when we’re asking everybody to get ready,” miss Berejiklian said earlier this month.
“Get vaccinated if you’re an individual. If you’re a business, start dusting off your COVID-safety plan. Make sure your employees are vaccinated so we can get back to life at 70 per cent double-dose vaccination, ”
The vaccine trial passport is likely the first step towards reopening. Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello told NCA NewsWire that a plan was being worked out to allow residents to access their vaccination status via the Service NSW app. He also shared a glimpse of what the vaccine passport could look like via his Facebook page.
Other freedoms that have been speculated include reopening of hair salons and some sporting events.
74 per cent of NSW has received their first dose of a covid-19 vaccine with over 40 per cent fully vaccinated.
All Australians aged 16-39 can now access the Pfizer vaccine. Find more information here.
There are also several walk-in vaccination clinics across Sydney that are offering free AstraZeneca vaccinations to anyone aged 18 and above.
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