Australians will soon need to have proof of full vaccination to visit major sporting venues as state premiers prepare the ground for the introduction of vaccine passports. The Premier of New South Wales said in a press conference on Monday: “Any incentives we can provide to encourage people to get vaccinated and stick to the health restrictions, that is our priority.” Mail Australia has the story.
Plans are already underway to make vaccine passports mandatory in New South Wales while a similar approach is being considered in Victoria.
Fans will need to have both Covid jabs to visit a stadium and watch big sporting events like the NRL, AFL, or cricket.
Venues NSW Chairman Tony Shepherd will put forward his proposal to the State Government in the next few weeks and hopes they will be approved by next year.
“If you choose not to have the jab that is your civil right in a free country but the Delta strain is extremely transmissible and we need to do something to reopen our stadiums,” he told the Daily Telegraph.
“The venues will have to say you can’t attend. Simple as that.” …
[Victoria] Premier Daniel Andrews said at a press conference on July 21st that officials would make an “informed discussion” about reopening games to vaccinated residents.
“[The vaccine] will be here September, October, November… then I think we can have an informed discussion and say: ‘Right, we’re at X%, here’s all the benefits that might flow from that’,” he said.
The Premier said vaccinated fans being able to attend games would be part of a wider attempt to incentivise people to get the jab.