Covid 19 Delta outbreak: vaccine passes teething issues hampering early deployment

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November 24, 2021 The isolation system managed at the New Zealand border is being dismantled for fully vaccinated Kiwis and travelers will be able to bypass it starting early next year. It comes as authorities announced there were 215 cases of Covid-19 today.

Teething and dental problems threaten to hamper the early deployment of the vaccine card when it is first used tomorrow as Auckland’s hairdressers reopen.

These issues include the ability for unvaccinated people to download other people’s vaccine passes and use them to falsely enter barber shops – and later cafes and bars when they reopen.

Elderly and disabled people – who do not have a passport, driver’s license or birth certificate issued from 2003 onwards – now also report difficulties in providing enough proof of identity to obtain their passes.

Their problems are in addition to similar problems that some foreign-born residents have encountered in obtaining their passes.

A woman who did not wish to be named said that she and her husband found it very easy to send a download link for their passes to someone else.

She was concerned that unless bars and cafes ask to also see photo ID when checking vaccination cards, unvaccinated people could easily use another person’s card to enter.

“I imagine there will be a lot of busy restaurants and bars where you just have to show your vaccination passport and not your photo ID,” she said.

She said she feared for her own safety, being a nurse and her husband a doctor who were both double vaccinated in April, which means their immunity may wane slightly.

Aucklanders will finally be able to do more than just picnic when the new traffic light system kicks off on December 3.  But will the vaccine pass be ready.  Photo / Dean Purcell
Aucklanders will finally be able to do more than just picnic when the new traffic light system kicks off on December 3. But will the vaccine pass be ready. Photo / Dean Purcell

She also said anyone with children under the age of 12 – who cannot yet be vaccinated – would also be concerned about the potential for misuse of passes.

“It seems really poor of the government to put in place a system like this,” she said.

Passes are expected to play a central role in New Zealand society.

With the country moving away from lockdowns, each pass will serve as proof that the person holding it has had their two Pfizer shots.

Passes will be required to enter most bars, cafes and hairdressers under the government’s new Covid management traffic light system, as well as all music festivals, rugby matches and major events.

New Zealand is expected to switch to the traffic light system at 11:59 p.m. on December 2.

However, the vaccine pass will be tested before that by hairdressers, when they have the opportunity to open.

Chantal Landais, owner of Chantal Landais Hair Studio in Herne Bay, said she struggled yesterday to download the government vaccine pass check app, which is used to verify passes presented by customers.

However, she had been able to do so since today without any problem, and all her staff had also been able to download their vaccine passes.

After more than three months of closure, she expected the first few days of reopening to be chaotic and she hoped the government’s vaccine passport check app was working well as she would have her hands full managing clients and clients. reservations.

Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson said earlier that the verification app may not be 100% perfect tomorrow.

Speaking to Mike Hosking of Newstalk ZB, he acknowledged that was the reason why Auckland’s hairstylists and barbers were chosen to open up ahead of the nationwide switch to the traffic light system.

He said that a particular industry was chosen because a smaller number of people are involved in a haircut than in a busy restaurant, for example.

But as companies juggle the finer details, Rosie Bradbury said some elderly and disabled Kiwis are likely to be left behind by the new passes.

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She singled out her 90-year-old father and her disabled brother.

Neither of them drive – and therefore do not have a driver’s license – or hold a passport as they are not likely to travel abroad anytime soon.

Helping them apply for their vaccine passes online at the My Covid Record site, she found that the third form of acceptable proof is a birth certificate issued from 2003 onwards.

However, the certificates of his family members are older.

To get a more recent birth certificate, they each have to pay $ 33 and then wait an unknown time for it to be sent to them.

She said $ 33 is a significant amount for benefit recipients.

Hairdresser Mel Harema is getting ready to reopen The Spot salon in Mt Albert.  Photo / Dean Purcell
Hairdresser Mel Harema is getting ready to reopen The Spot salon in Mt Albert. Photo / Dean Purcell

She proposed allowing people to get their vaccine passes by providing their National Health Index (NHI) number instead.

“Thirty-three dollars is way too much for those on a benefit, and that will mean people won’t get vaccine passes,” she said.

Excluding these people from services such as hairdressing or having coffee with friends could have a big impact on their lives, she said.

Foreign nationals also found it difficult to apply for their pass through the My Covid Record site.

Specifically, applicants are asked to provide a New Zealand driver’s license, passport, birth certificate or citizenship certificate, or Australian passport or birth certificate.

One reader, who provided contact details to the Herald but requested anonymity, said: “My wife, who is American but a New Zealand resident, cannot access the My Vaccine Pass because she does not have any of the necessary documents. ‘identity required’.

“This despite having a RealMe account and NHI number and being vaccinated. She can’t even request a letter.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Health told the Herald yesterday that foreign nationals who cannot complete the My Vaccine Pass process online can phone the department on 0800 222 478 to obtain one.

The Herald tried the 0800 number several times yesterday morning, but encountered a committed signal and no message each time.

The Herald also asked the Department of Health if it was concerned that unvaccinated people were using other people’s passes to falsely enter and if it considered waiving the $ 33 fee to request new birth certificates.

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