New pass includes vaccination data | Canberra weather

ByRochelle W. Stone

May 24, 2021

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People entering Australia could provide coronavirus vaccination status via a new digital pre-registration declaration when international borders reopen. Home Affairs boss Michael Pezzullo expects the federal government’s digital passenger declaration to be tested by early next year. “The DPD will have the ability to validate the immunization status of people who have been vaccinated in Australia upon their return from overseas,” he said Monday during a Senate estimate hearing in Canberra. “At the appropriate time, subject to public health advice, this could support the ability of Australians to travel without the need for 14 days of quarantine upon their return. The new system could also recognize international vaccination certificates, both digital and in other forms. “This will help mitigate the risks posed by the use of falsified or fraudulent vaccination certificates,” said Mr Pezzullo. The old regime of filling out a form shortly before landing in Australia will be replaced with a pre-registration statement including health status, visa information and travel history. Mr Pezzullo said health data will be shared securely with public health authorities in the state. “We are going to have to integrate and integrate health information into this statement. There is no point in being told until an hour or two before landing,” he said. The Australian Border Force was processing nearly 50 million passenger movements a year before the borders were closed, but that number is now around 2% of that. Mr Pezzullo is confident the new system will be ready to work “on a large scale” to coincide with the federal budget’s assumption of a return to international travel in mid-2022. Australian Associated Press

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