Digital vaccine certificates key to Queensland’s easing COVID restrictions

By Melissa Coade

December 6, 2021

Leeanne Enoch
Leeanne Enoch. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

Queensland’s contact tracing app has reached a new milestone, clocking 1 million users who have now linked their digital vaccine certificates to the check-in mobile app.

From 17 December, entry into Queensland businesses will require visitors to show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status as a condition of entry. The state government has updated its check-in app to allow users to link their COVID-19 digital certificate from the MyGov website or Medicare Express app.

Minister for digital economy Leeanne Enoch issued a statement saying that downloading the Check In Qld app was the easiest way for people to keep track of changes to COVID restrictions set to ease over the coming weeks. 

“This means you can check in and show your proof of vaccination status simultaneously when visiting businesses and locations across the state – making it quicker and easier for patrons and for businesses,” Enoch said. 

“This is about being able to continue doing the things we enjoy, whether it is visiting a café, restaurant, bar or club, going to a sporting event or theme park or enjoying a live music venue, Queensland government-owned gallery, museum or library.

“Businesses can go back to operating at full capacity and patrons can enjoy our beautiful Queensland lifestyle.”

Linking a digital certificate to the app is optional for citizens (certificates can also be downloaded to Apple wallet or Google Pay accounts, and printed copies can also be produced).

The government has also produced a series of instructional videos to guide people on how to link their COVID-19 digital certificate to the Check In Qld app.

Enoch said that with families and groups likely to come together over the holiday season, strong uptake of the app signalled a promising period for local businesses.

“This is particularly important as we get closer to Christmas, a time that many of us enjoy being out and about and visiting family and friends,” Enoch said. 

By mid December, Queenslanders will need to produce proof of vaccination to visit hospitals, residential aged care, disability accommodation and prisons; government owned libraries and museums; hospitality venues including hotels, pubs, clubs, taverns, bars, restaurants and cafes; sporting stadiums and music festivals.

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