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Back to the beer garden: Vaccine passport pilot program to begin next month

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Pub and club owners have welcomed the surprise revelation they’ll likely be allowed to reopen on October 14.

Laundy Hotels operator Craig Laundy told Jim Wilson the October reopening is “a little bit of a moving feast”.

“Two to three weeks ago we feared that October would be a write-off … but as vaccination rates continue to increase, the date has been moving forward.”

The move will require pubgoers to have vaccination passports ready to be checked by staff at the door.

“Thank goodness we have [Customer Service and Digital] Minister Dominello in charge; he’s an absolute data boffin.”

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Minister Victor Dominello explained to Jim the rollout of vaccine passports is dependent on the available of federal data.

“We then get that on or around the 27th of September, so we’ve then got a week of testing inside our systems.

“We can then start doing a two-week pilot – we haven’t worked out where they will be yet – for the first two weeks of October.

“Around that time, we should be hitting the 70 per cent [vaccination] mark.”

He confirmed there will “absolutely” be some form of physical document available to non-smartphone users, similar to the check-in ‘inclusion card’.

Press PLAY below to hear his explanation of the roadmap so far

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