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Vaccine passports to be tested in regional Victoria

The Victorian Labor government will begin a series of “vaccinated economy trials” in regional Victoria to determine how vaccine passports can be rolled out across the state.

It comes after the state fell short of the 80 percent single vaccination target set by the Andrews government’s roadmap, which would have slightly eased restrictions from 26 September.

Speaking to reporters on 26 September, Tourism Minister Martin Pakula said that from 11 October, 20 businesses in regional Victoria’s highly vaccinated areas will participate in the vaccine passport test.

“About a fortnight ago we anticipate reaching the 70 percent double dose threshold, which at this point we are expecting to happen on October 26,” Pakula said.

“It’s about seeing how our vaccination economy system can work, and we will test that with high patron numbers and everyone on site being fully vaccinated as being confirmed.”

The trials will determine which processes will be modeled across the state once the 70 per cent target is reached.

But some regional businesses remain confused as to who and what types of businesses can participate. There is also some confusion about how the system will work.

“Whenever they announce something, it would be great to get the details as soon as possible,” Bendigo CEO Dennis Bais told the Herald Sun. “The devil is in the detail.”

As announced by the government, six municipalities have been selected for the pilot program – Bass Coast, Greater Bendigo, Pyrenees, Warrnambool, Bullock and East Gippsland.

Bais said he is excited that Bendigo is part of the government’s program. But he said some of his communities were nervous about vaccine passports.

He said, ‘Everyone has their own opinion and point of view on this.

He said the Chambers of Commerce had sought financial incentives for the program so that the program is not “imposed on business” given threats of abuse from angry customers.

City of Greater Bendigo chief executive Craig Niemann told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) he would like to see more clear guidelines.

“How much businesses can increase their patron limit will be a really important point in understanding whether it’s worthwhile,” Niemann said.

“Id’s and all that is difficult is to investigate, and it will depend on what kind of support is provided.”

Premier Daniel Andrews said it was “critically important” for businesses to hire a qualified person to oversee the programme.

The state government confirmed that support officers will be deployed on the ground to ensure the tests run smoothly and the participating businesses receive their help.

However, Hugh de Cresser, executive director of the Human Rights Law Center, told The Age that requiring people to be fully vaccinated in exchange for work, or access to goods and services, poses human rights risks that lead to serious legal challenges. consists of a series.

At the same time, “courts usually give a lot of discretion when there is a public health emergency,” Kraser said.

“It is possible that one would like to challenge the public health system, but it would be very difficult to successfully challenge it.”

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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