Mon. Aug 8th, 2022

While New South Wales has jumped ahead of Victoria in reopening from COVID-19 lockdown today, leads the southern neighbor in the field of digital innovation efforts.
From today, Victoria has integrated the residents’ vaccination status into the Service Victoria app. (Nine)
Developers of the Service Victoria vaccination app say it’s harder to fake. (Nine)

Both systems are set to work in exactly the same way, so users who choose to share their vaccination status within their QR check-in app can do so by linking their certificate from the Express Plus Medicare app.

Anyone who has been double-vaccinated against COVID-19 and has a MyGov account can download the Express Plus Medicare app and view a digital version of their vaccination certificate.

The Service Victoria vaccination app allows users to share their vaccination information. (Nine)

This certificate can be viewed in the Medicare app, stored in a Google or Apple Digital wallet, and can now also be shared with a “check-in” app.

Today, only Service Victoria is an option for users, with Service NSW and others to be added when and when the states are ready.

When you choose to “share” your vaccination status within the check-in app, you can show places you visit that you are both checked in and vaccinated on just one screen in one app.

The confirmation screen for the Service Victoria app contains an animated background, making it harder to fake, though Service Victoria says you may still be asked to show other identification.

This will be the choice of venues.

Service Victoria also states that “sites do not store or store any of your check-in information or your vaccination status”, which will be reassuring to many users.

Any Victorian resident who is double-vaccinated against COVID-19 and has a MyGov account can download the Express Plus Medicare app and view a digital version of their vaccination certificate. (Nine)

The integration of federal government data from the National Immunization Registry through MyGov into state-built apps is a major advance for inter- and intra-state cooperation on a digital level — perhaps never seen before.

Trials with the integration into the Service NSW app will end this week, with sharing of vaccination status across apps available to NSW residents within a week.

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