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SA unveils digital vaccination check-in system

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A new system introduced from today promises to allow users to prove their vaccination status via the same QR code system they use to check in to venues in South Australia.

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The VaxCheck system allows users to link their vaccination certificate to their mySA Gov app, as part of ramped up COVID-19 safeguards introduced with the border reopening.

“Once integrated, vaccination status will display each time individuals use the COVID-SAfe Check-In function, providing a seamless solution for individuals and businesses,” a spokesperson for the Department of Premier and Cabinet said.

“When someone visits a venue, they’ll be able to VaxCheck – show their check-in and vaccination status simultaneously, saving staff and customers time.”

As the vaccine data sits in the Federal Australian Immunisation Register, users will need to integrate the COVID-19 digital certificate into the mySA Gov app.

They will have to ensure Medicare is linked to their myGov account, then download the Express Plus Medicare app and sign in with their myGov details.

They will then have the option to select “proof of vaccinations” and then “view history”.

Finally, they can select “Share with check in app” and then “mySA Gov”.

It is a similar system to that already rolled out by most states and territories.

Labor shadow health minister Chris Picton said the system should have been launched weeks ahead of the reopening of the borders, noting only one other state or territory had yet to connect vaccination status to a QR code system.

“We know Steven Marshall has been distracted with the division and chaos in the Liberal Party, but that is no excuse for not having the systems in place well before the borders open,” he told InDaily.

A screenshot from within the Medicare app showing the other state options before the launch of the South Australian system.

The VaxCheck system is one of three systems to be put through its paces for the first time today, as South Australia reopens its borders to fully vaccinated travellers.

Arrivals will need to set up a mySA GOV account through which they can complete an EntryCheck SA application.

They will then be required to use the HealthCheck SA app which guides users through their quarantine, testing and symptom check requirements.

Health experts have voiced concerns over the new system, warning the complex set of rules and apps could confuse and exclude people who don’t use mobile phone apps.

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