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- Till date, over 1.3 million COVID-19 cases have been reported in Australia.
- West Australia Premier Mark McGowan recently declared statewide expansion of proof-of-vaccination requirements, effective from 31 January.
- Vaccination proof can be provided through ServiceWA app, Expressplus Medicare, digital certificate, and or immunisation history statement.
Australia has reported nearly 1.3 million total COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, having registered around 55 thousand new cases in last 24 hours. The growing cases of corona have also exerted significant pressure on the health system of the country. Various public health measures and restrictions have been implemented by national and state governments to curb the spread and fight with the disease.
In the most recent announcement, West Australian Premier Mark McGowan has declared a statewide expansion of proof-of-vaccination requirements.
Vaccination proof expansion in WA
The West Australian Government has mandated vaccination proof across the state and would be expanded to include new higher-risk venues, effective from 31 January 2022. People are also advised to get their third dose, if eligible.
In Perth and Peel, proof of vaccination is already a requirement to get entry into some venues and events. Vaccination proof has been a requirement there since 4th Jan for higher-risk venues and events. This was a part of the safe transition from delta variant and protection of Western Australia from rising threat of Omicron.
From 31st Jan onwards, vaccination proof will be mandatory for people aged 16 years and above on a state-wide basis. Vaccination proof will be required for visitors at hospitals, aged care facilities, restaurants, dine-in fast food cafes, bars, clubs, pubs, and taverns. Some other venues requiring vaccination proof include museums, halls, nightclubs, major stadiums, gyms, amusement parks, and zoos, and also at large events exceeding 500 people.
There will be an exemption for those visiting roadhouses, service stations, and getting takeaway food.
Venues should also ensure that all the patrons are double-dose vaccinated or are exempted.
How can you access the proof of your COVID-19 vaccination?
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If you have received your COVID-19 vaccine overseas, you can get your COVID-19 digital certificate or immunisation history statement as proof after getting yourself registered on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).
According to Premier Mark McGowan, the policy will be effective from 31st Jan. It is expected that now a larger proportion of WA should get double dose vaccinated. Businesses and venues are being given more than two weeks to implement the changes regarding the vaccination proof.
He also expressed his gratitude to businesses and the community in Perth and Peel for making the success of the policy to date. It is now to be replicated across the state.
He further added, “If you don’t get vaccinated, the message is clear- we will not let you put others at risk.”
Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson also thanked Western Australians for doing the right thing. He stated that the implementation of necessary public health and social measures was very important in order to get protected in the phase of safe transition. He encouraged the citizens of WA to register themselves in the ServiceWA and get vaccinated if not done already.
Till date, 87% population of Western Australia has been fully vaccinated. Providing proof of vaccinations at certain events and venues is a very important public health and social measure to protect the community against COVID-19. One must get all the required doses of the vaccine according to eligibility and must also carry their vaccination proofs.
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