Vaccine passport trial for regional aged care homes in NSW

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The NSW Government has announced that a “vaccine passport” would be trialled in select regional aged care homes next month.

NSW Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello (pictured) said yesterday the COVID-19 “vaccine passport” trial would run for two weeks from 6 October and would allow people to show their vaccination status on the Service NSW app. Vaccination status will be linked to the QR code check-in system.

Mr Dominello acknowledged the technology would not be in place by the time NSW reached the 70% vaccinated target in October but said he was “moving heaven and earth” to get the system running as quickly as possible.

“Overwhelmingly businesses want this (vaccine passport) in the Service NSW app because it makes it simple for them,” he said.

The regional areas where the pilot will run are yet to be selected but Mr Dominello said a small group of venues such as clubs and aged care homes would be invited to participate.

The Government decided against running the trial in Sydney to prevent the ‘honey pot effect’ people would flock to particular venues, Mr Dominello said.

“It’s going to be a closed pilot for between 100 and 500 people.”