Vaccine pass could spread from festivals to stores


Revelers at the Taupō summer concert in January 2021. The government proposes that vaccination certificates will be a prerequisite for access this summer.

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Revelers at the Taupō summer concert in January 2021. The government proposes that vaccination certificates will be a prerequisite for access this summer.

Vaccine certificates for attending events and festivals will be the first step in using them to access other businesses, a Waikato business executive said.

It was only a matter of time, said Waikato Chamber of Commerce chief executive Don Good after seeing how airlines were considering making proof of vaccination mandatory, combined with its use. elsewhere in the world.

“I also already see abroad that you will need some form of proof of vaccination if you are going to festivals or the like and therefore for the event, hospitality and retail sector and probably tourism, these four sectors will definitely be looking for something like this, and I would be fascinated to see what businesses in general would like as well.

The government’s announcement of plans for the vaccine certificates meant Kiwis would have to get the shot this month if they wanted to go to big events in the summer, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Tuesday.

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Vaccine certificates might also be needed to travel to hospitality places like bars and restaurants, she said, although the government has ruled out their use for essential services like supermarkets, universities and medical services.

Don Good, executive director of the Waikato Chamber of Commerce (file photo).

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Don Good, executive director of the Waikato Chamber of Commerce (file photo).

Good, however, felt that certainty for businesses meant that managers or owners of businesses like stationery and tile shops would also want to make sure their staff were safe under health and safety legislation. Security.

“I see that there is a fatality about some form of identification on vaccines, whether electronic or card or otherwise.

“What companies are looking for is certainty, one way or another, they want certainty so they can continue their work, they don’t want something bland, they want a clear definition. .and the sooner, the better, so that we can continue to adapt and change our behavior to keep everyone safe. “

Hamilton Mayor Paula Southgate supported the concept of a certificate for the good of the events and hospitality industry.

Hamilton Mayor Paula Southgate, vaccination certificates should be easy to use and administer.  “Otherwise, we'll lose people.  (archive photo).

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Hamilton Mayor Paula Southgate, vaccination certificates should be easy to use and administer. “Otherwise, we’ll lose people. (archive photo).

“The events are really important to our city. We have the Women’s Cricket World Cup in February next year, we have balloons over Waikato in March. If this initiative allows these events to take place, I totally agree.

But she sounded a note of caution.

“It has to be easy to use, and it has to be easy to administer. We have to keep it simple. Otherwise, we will lose people.

The vaccination certificate will be able to be printed or displayed on a cell phone, with the government wanting to launch it completely by November. It is not integrated with the current Covid-19 application, but is said to be a web application.

Ardern admitted on Monday that the country’s goal of reaching zero cases seemed unattainable, but said the vaccine rollout would be able to keep the Kiwis safe – although this has stagnated with the number of first doses falling to just 12,000 per day.

There have been many calls for some sort of vaccination warrant for people entering various spaces.

Ardern said the government would be comfortable with businesses like cafes or concert halls excluding the unvaccinated.

“As for other forms of hospitality – restaurants, bars, cafes, events – I think if you ask these operators” If using a vaccination certificate meant they could safely stay open would you use them, “I think a lot of them would say yes – but we’re going out and talking with the industry about that,” Ardern said.


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