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‘Digital certificate’ for COVID-19 jab explained

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As the Australian COVID-19 vaccine rollout widens to include more and more age groups, the federal government has unveiled its proof-of-jab certificate.

As the Australian COVID-19 vaccine rollout widens to include more and more age groups, the federal government has unveiled its proof-of-jab certificate.

There are several methods for people to prove they've been fully vaccinated with either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca injection, but the newest is a digital certificate that is automatically delivered to the recipient online.

It works similarly to the increasingly popular digital drivers' licence, in that it can be stored on a phone and flashed at need.

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The certificate features the person's name, the date of their completed vaccination, and their date of birth, along with a holographic Australian coat of arms in the background.

Government Services Minister Linda Reynolds said the certificate made proof of vaccination accessible "anytime, anywhere".

"We're also giving people control over the level of vaccination history they share, as the certificate only shows your COVID-19 vaccination status," Ms Reynolds said.

"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."

The Australian Immunisation Register also holds a list of all registered vaccinations through a person's medical history, including the COVID-19 jab, which can be found online.

People without internet access can ask for an immunisation history statement from their vaccine provider, or contact the AIR and request a hard copy of the same delivered via post.

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The circumstances in which it will be necessary to provide proof of vaccination have not yet been established.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has backed the idea of "vaccine passports" which would permit fully vaccinated people to travel freely between states and ignore certain restrictions in the event of a lockdown.

It could also mean people returning from overseas would not need to undergo hotel quarantine.

However, this has been opposed by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and her Queensland counterpart Annastacia Palaszczuk.

Some airlines have also suggested that fully vaccinated people could receive travel bonuses.

International travel could also be reliant on people being fully vaccinated, with the European Union, UK and Canada among the governments that have flagged their intention to introduce a digital vaccine passport system.

Visit the Services Australia website for more information.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-digital-certificate-proof-of-vaccination-explained/a1dfab17-7780-4076-a080-a27f8ce1c825

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