Once the coronavirus vaccine becomes widely available in Australia, hospitality and other businesses may require proof-of-vaccination from all their patrons, health officials have suggested.
Like many jabs before it, governments are wondering how best to ensure the highest inoculation rate possible, and that could include barring people who haven’t been immunised from certain venues.
“Clearly, opportunities to travel overseas or opportunities to enter certain workplaces or venues might be enhanced if you have the vaccine,” she said.
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“Some of those decisions could be inspired by government, [and] some of those decisions might be inspired by the organisation themselves.”
Those locations deemed high risk for transmission, including restaurants, nightspots, and cinemas could be encouraged to require proof of vaccination from all patrons.
“Some workplaces might say: ‘if you‘re coming into work, this is our preference, or this is what you (need to) do’,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“I think they’re the conversations we need to have in the coming weeks.”
It follows on from QANTAS CEO Alan Joyce, who has already said that the airline would need a vaccination documentation from international travellers.
It’s important to note that QANTAS and hospitality venues are privately owned businesses, and are largely allowed to set their own admission requirements.
Australia has historically had large uptake of vaccines, uptake of which is incentivised by the National Immunisation Program (NIP).
Under the No Jab No Pay legislation, a non-vaccinated person, without medical exemption, is not eligible for Medicare benefits, Child Care Benefit, the Child Care Rebate, and as of 2018, the Family Tax Benefit end of year supplement.