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A ticket to freedom: the arguments for making COVID-19 vaccination certificates compulsory


You can print it on paper or use a digital version – but they won’t be part of the NZ COVID Tracer app you use to scan.

Tuesday marked exactly seven weeks since New Zealand’s lockdown on the Delta variant of COVID-19, but a respite is back in sight.

“The vaccine is a ticket to freedom,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said during her press conference at 1 p.m.

Homegrown on Tuesday announced its lineup for the March festival, made possible only by the announcement of vaccine passports.

“It will definitely make a lot of people smile and happy,” Homegrown Managing Director Andrew Tuck told Newshub.

“I think it’s up to people to decide whether they want to go to a festival or not. The line is now in the sand for them to make that decision.”

The Prime Minister gave way to technicians from the Ministry of Health during his press conference to show their practical work on the next vaccine certificates.

It’s beautiful and simple, they claimed. It will not be available on the existing COVID Tracer app for privacy reasons, but will be accessible through it.

There will be a link in the app and you can access it from the app – it’s just not in the app, if that makes sense.

The next big game at Eden Park will require a vaccine pass.

“No jab, no ticket,” Eden Park general manager Nick Sautner told Newshub.

This applies to all events – like the Gunners – held at big venues like Eden Park.

“We want to rejuvenate, we want to reconnect with the community and make the escape and vaccination and vaccination passports part of this journey.”

Hospitality and smaller venues – like Auckland’s locked Whammy Bar – might also be mandatory. It could mean additional staff, but it would make the job easier.

“If it’s mandatory, it’ll save a lot of hassle on the venue side of arguing with people at the door or online, etc.,” Tom Anderson, co-owner of Whammy Bar, told Newshub.

We know from past epidemics that COVID-19 likes to exercise, so gyms are a part of it as well. There is a strong argument for making it mandatory there too, especially if you have personally been the victim of anti-vaccination abuse.

“While not quite death threats, being told you should die is pretty close to it, and I don’t think that’s acceptable to anyone, but especially to the front-line staff, and my concern is that front-line staff are under attack if a company starts making decisions that an individual doesn’t like, “Exercise NZ general manager Richard Beddie said at Newshub.

Although some of our larger groups are church-related – like the Assembly of God – churches are unlikely to need passes.

“Some areas are actually much more sensitive and I would put privately held social gatherings and religious events in that category,” Ardern said.

Large gatherings like Waitangi that aren’t chargeable are trickier, but organizers can ask to incorporate passes.

Vaccination certificates are already in use all over the world, and if you are not already vaccinated, remember that it takes six weeks between doses and two more to be fully immunized.

“Summer is near, so to be fully vaccinated and fully protected and enjoy the things you love, you need to be vaccinated this month and not in December,” Ardern said.

The Ardern team also has a list of things to do, like sorting through the RealMe website, where we’ll ask for the passes.

It crashed shortly after she announced it.


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