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LIVE: Positive covid case in Queensland

Australia has moved a step closer to Covid-19 passports for adults who are fully vaccinated with the Morrison Government preparing to roll out a formal Medicare certificate that could also be used by companies to offer incentives including cash prizes and store vouchers.

The big move could be used to roll out greater freedoms for the fully vaccinated to travel interstate or even avoid lockdowns in some states subject to agreement at the national cabinet.

It could open the door to pubs, clubs, gyms and employers demanding proof of vaccination before allowing patrons onsite. But the opposition is calling for more information on how the certificates will be used.

Government Services Minister Linda Reynolds confirmed the move today insisting the new certificate is a “simple and easy” way for people to show their Covid-19 vaccination status.

, LIVE: Positive covid case in Queensland, The Nzuchi Times
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“The Covid-19 digital certificate makes proof of vaccination accessible anytime, anywhere,” she said.

, LIVE: Positive covid case in Queensland, The Nzuchi Times

“Once your provider has reported both doses of an approved vaccine, you’ll be able to access your Covid-19 digital certificate online through myGov or in the Express Plus Medicare app.

“I’m encouraging all Australians to ensure you’ve linked your Medicare account to myGov. Linking Medicare to myGov is simple, and more than 10 million Australians have already completed this process.”

While not compulsory, the certificate could still be requested in the future by pubs and clubs and other entertainment venues that plan to require proof of vaccination. It also follows the Prime Minister’s call to allow vaccinated Australians greater freedom to travel interstate and avoid lockdowns.

– Samantha Maiden

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