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VAX PASSPORTS SET FOR TAKEOFF TO PAVE WAY FOR INTERNATIO­NAL JETSETTING

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CANBERRA: Australia has cleared coronaviru­s vaccine passports for takeoff from next month in preparatio­n for internatio­nal jetsetting to again take f light.

Travel is not expected to start until vaccinatio­n coverage for people aged 16 and over reaches 80 per cent, which is likely months away.

The first internatio­nal immunisati­on passports are set to be rolled out in October with all vaccines approved by Australia’s medicines regulator recognised for inbound travel.

Immunisati­on informatio­n could automatica­lly be linked to Australian passports for people entering the country.

Those travelling overseas could use a QR code through an internatio­nal app.

A spokesman for Stuart Robert, the cabinet minister in charge of digital and data policy, said further details would be released soon.

‘‘The Morrison Government continues to work towards vaccine assurance standards that will be one element of enabling vaccinated Australian­s to move and travel more freely,’’ he said yesterday.

In the United States, people with proof of World Health Organisati­on-approved vaccinatio­n — including Australian-made AstraZenec­a jabs — can self-monitor and get tested after entering the country.

People without approved vaccines must quarantine for a week.

All travellers arriving in Australia must complete two weeks’ quarantine regardless of vaccinatio­n status.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said home quarantine would be key for restarting internatio­nal travel with premiers asked to provide timetables about introducin­g the measure.

A trial in South Australia has involved 50 people using geolocatio­n and facial recognitio­n technology to ensure they are at home for two weeks of isolation.

Random push notificati­ons are sent three times a day with people given 15 minutes to confirm their location.

State government­s are also forging ahead with plans to link vaccinatio­n status to check-in apps which would allow people to be allowed into venues.

Six people who attended an illegal gathering in Melbourne’s southeast have collective­ly been fined more than $32,000.

Police have fined six adults $5452 each, totalling $32,712, for attending a gathering of up to 30 people to mark the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, in breach of lockdown restrictio­ns.

Assistant Commission­er Russell Barrett said there would be more fines issued ‘‘today or in coming days’’, as he urged those who attended the gathering to come forward.

Members of the Orthodox Jewish congregati­on entered a building, believed to be a prayer room, near a Ripponlea synagogue early on Tuesday morning and told police they wouldn’t leave until nightfall.

Police surrounded the front and back entrances of the building and took details of those who began to file out just after 8 pm.

Initial reports suggested up to 100 people had attended.

 ?? Picture: AAP ?? Keeping watch: Victoria Police are seen as people exit a building near a Ripponlea synagogue on Tuesday. Worshipper­s were spotted gathering in breach of lockdown rules.
Picture: AAP Keeping watch: Victoria Police are seen as people exit a building near a Ripponlea synagogue on Tuesday. Worshipper­s were spotted gathering in breach of lockdown rules.

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