New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has revealed that the government will be enforcing hard-copy and digital vaccine passes or certificates from next month. She called the vaccine a “ticket to freedom”.
The passes will be required to access large gatherings, like concerts, but are not required to access essential services, like supermarkets. The government is still consulting with the hospitality industry on the matter.
“It’s one of the best ways we can ensure summer plans can go ahead uninterrupted,” said the Prime Minister.
“To enjoy the things you love, you need to be vaccinated this month, not in December.”
The announcement comes as 24 new cases of COVID-19 were identified today, with 18 in Auckland and six in the Waikato. All the Waikato cases are linked.
Echoing the words of Australia’s authoritarian Victoria Premier, Dan Andrews, New Zealand Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay stated that COVID-19 is becoming a global “disease of the unvaccinated”.
Meanwhile, Ms Ardern has also revealed the government’s three-stage roadmap to ease Auckland’s lockdown restrictions, which will begin from 11.59 pm today, Tuesday, October 5.
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