State premiers have suggested that once vaccinations begin in Australia, those without vaccinations may be banned from visiting some venues and establishments.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told radio station 2GB that her government was considering permitting venues to ban entry to those that have declined to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
South Australian Premier Steve Marshall said his government had not yet considered whether to impose restrictions on people who opt not to take the vaccine, but admitted it was one issue that would be considered.
On Monday, Ms Berejiklian said that as the February rollout of the vaccine nears she had held discussions about banning those who refuse the vaccine from entering government-run buildings, and permitting venues to take similar measures.
“The more people that are vaccinated, the greater likelihood we can have a return to normality as we know it,” Ms Berejiklian told 2GB.
“Already airlines have indicated that if you’re not vaccinated, you can’t travel overseas,” she said.
“We will also consider whether we allow venues to [do that] – and venues do that already, people make up their own rules if they run a business or have a workplace about what they feel is COVID-safe.
“Whilst it’s the federal government’s responsibility in terms of the vaccine and the rollout, all workplaces and state governments will have a say in encouraging people to take it.”
The NSW government is considering a data-sharing partnership with the federal government that would help people prove that they have been immunised against the coronavirus.
Ms Berejiklian has previously suggested the Service NSW smartphone app could show a tick when a person is vaccinated, enabling venue entry.
Do you think venues should be able to ban entry to those who refuse to receive a COVID-19 vaccination? Do you think this will become the norm across Australia?
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