New South Wales residents who refuse to get the COVID-19 vaccine may be blocked from entering select venues under a radical plan flagged by the premier.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian is purportedly considering the plan that would require patrons to prove their vaccination status before entering venues including cafes, restaurants and pubs which can be considered “high-risk settings”.
Government-run venues including police and fire stations or Service NSW shopfronts could also be included under the plan, while non-government venues would be encouraged to join.
“Clearly, opportunities to travel overseas or opportunities to enter certain workplaces or venues might be enhanced if you have the vaccine,” she told The Daily Telegraph.
“Some of those decisions could be inspired by the government, (and) some of those decisions might be inspired by the organisation themselves.”
Berejiklian said the government would have further discussions in the coming weeks.
“The more people that are vaccinated, the greater likelihood we can have a return to normality as we know it,” she told 2GB on Monday morning.
I don’t ever like to force people to do anything but there should be an incentive system.”
In November, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce suggested when a vaccine was readily available, Australians travelling on the airline would need to be vaccinated in order to fly.
“For international travellers, we will ask people to have a vaccination before they get on the aircraft,’’ Joyce said.
“Certainly, for international visitors coming out and people leaving the country we think that’s a necessity.”