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“It’s still a positive thing because it will get better as people by expecting to be double-vaccinated to get in,” she said.

In Bairnsdale, East Gippsland Art Gallery director Crystal Stubbs expected some resistance as staff began using the app from Wednesday.

“We expect quite a few people to come in and give us a hard time,” she said.

The first day of the vaccine pass trial came on Monday, when Victoria registered 1,612 new cases of COVID-19 and eight deaths, bringing the death toll from the current outbreak to 93.

More than 34,200 doses of vaccine were administered at state-run sites and thousands more to doctors and pharmacies Sunday, bringing the state’s single-dose vaccination to 86 percent.

The state government announced that it was expanding the rollout of vaccines to give Victorians over the age of 60 access to mRNA vaccines like Pfizer and Moderna at more than 60 state-run hubs.

Melbourne Cup in 2019. This year, 10,000 double-vaccinated racing fans will be allowed to participate in the event.

Melbourne Cup in 2019. This year, 10,000 double-vaccinated racing fans will be allowed to participate in the event. Credit:Justin McManus

Until this week, older Victorians only had access to the AstraZeneca vaccine unless they had an underlying health problem, as Pfizer and Modern supplies were reserved for younger people due to very rare blood clots.

As Victoria is closer to reaching a double dose of 70 and 80 per cent, Health Minister Martin Foley said the government remained confident it could deliver its reopening of the roadmap despite the growing number of cases.

“That said, we do not underestimate the challenge of both our primary care system and our public health,” he said.

Following the government’s announcement that 10,000 racing fans could take part in the Melbourne Cup on November 2 if the state reaches its double-dose limit of 80 per cent, Foley defended the audience capacity decision, despite the fact that household visits were still outside limits.

“What we have seen during the pandemic is that it is in a private setting that we failed our guard,” he said.

The coalition established the move with opposition leader Matthew Guy, who questioned why children were unable to return to the classroom when thousands of racers would be allowed at the Melbourne Cup.

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The vaccine pass trial will undergo a major test later this week at a horse racing meeting in Warrnambool. Warrnambool Racing Club CEO Tom O’Connor said the event would host 300 people.

“Our members have called just excited to attend to be a part of it,” he said.

At Lakes Entrance, Lakes Squash and cinema owner Chris Fuhrmeister said he had no problem making sure people log in correctly.

He said it was all part of moving beyond the pattern of shutdowns after his business was “absolutely hammered”.

Sir. Fuhrmeister said the trial would help ensure he could welcome the audience safely into his single-screen cinema.

“We look more long-term to see where that will bring us so we can open up,” he said.

The new vaccine passport system.

The new vaccine passport system. Credit:Rob Gunstone

Sir. Fuhrmeister said the trial would begin in his movie theater Monday night, though he expected a small audience, with some still reluctant to return to normal activities.

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