Vax passes deadline for millions of Vic employees

About one million Victorian workers should now be fully vaccinated.

All workers on the state’s authorized workers list were required to take two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by Friday, November 26.

The industries on the list include AFL and other professional players, lawyers, journalists, miners, court staff and personal trainers.

These services have been updated to allow parents and guardians to add vaccine certificates to their children.

Previously, parents had to carry printouts to prove that children under the age of 14 were vaccinated to attend places such as non-essential retail stores and events.

But the app now allows dependents to add, so the child’s digital vaccination certificate can be included with their parent or guardian.

Parents will be able to add a child’s certificate to their app as long as they have access to the child’s Medicare account.

Young people over the age of 14 can have their own Medicare account and so adults can share their digital credentials on services like the Week app.

Victoria crossed the threshold of a large vaccine on Thursday, with more than 90 percent of all people over the age of 12 fully vaccinated.

The Department of Health announced late Thursday that the state’s domestic travel permit and traffic light system has been abolished, now allowing anyone from all states and territories to enter regardless of their vaccine status.

Acting Chief Health Officer Ben Cowie said the permits, introduced in January 2021, were “designed for a short time before we had the vaccine” to prevent virus attacks from other states and territories.

“We are now a highly vaccinated society and there are fewer interstate cases, the risk is much lower,” he said.

While Victoria still has active COVID-19 cases in the community, 1254 fresh infections were reported on Thursday, the department said, adding that the permitting system was no longer a “proportional response”.

The change means the border bubble will end and international travelers completing quarantine in another state will not need permission.

However, international arrivals and crews will still be required to comply with permitting provisions.


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