The Australian state of Victoria will “lock out” unvaccinated people from participating in the economy, Premier Dan Andrews has announced.
Victoria is currently under draconian lockdown restrictions, with residents of Melbourne – who make up the vast majority of the state’s population – living under a 9pm to 5am curfew, forbidden from leaving their homes except to work, buy groceries, or get a Covid-19 vaccination.
When the lockdown is lifted, Premier Dan Andrews said on Sunday, future restrictions will apply only to those who are unvaccinated.
“There is going to be a vaccinated economy, and you get to participate in that if you are vaccinated,” Andrews stated.
“We’re going to move to a situation where, to protect the health system, we are going to lock out people who are not vaccinated and can be.”
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“If you’re making the choice not to get vaccinated, then you’re making the wrong choice,” he added.
Andrews did not say what kind of services and venues unvaccinated people would be locked out of, but he said that once Victoria reopens, “it’s not going to be safe for people who are not vaccinated to be roaming around the place spreading the virus.”
Andrews also revealed that a ‘vaccine passport’ scheme will be piloted in regional Victoria in the coming weeks, with proof of vaccination required to enter pubs and restaurants.
The Australian government agreed earlier this summer to study the rollout of the passport scheme in Victoria, with a view to implementing it nationwide.
Earlier, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews admitted that the seven-day state-wide lockdown in Australia was not based on science but a lie that COVID-19 was found in wastewater.
Meanwhile, the Australian government is also testing an app to enforce its quarantine rules.
The state will text people at random times, and thereafter they will have 15 minutes to take a picture of their face and text the government.
Should they fail, the local police department will be sent to follow up in person.