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Australia issuing vaccine passports within weeks to prepare for flights resuming

Australians will begin using an international vaccine passport within weeks to prove their immunisation status overseas and on their return as the Prime Minister flags home quarantine will be key to reopening borders.

Scott Morrison is also asking state and territory leaders how they plan to integrate vaccination certificates into existing check-in apps and for their timelines on introducing home quarantine.

Australians will have access to an international vaccine passport from next month.Credit:James Brickwood

The federal government will start issuing international COVID-19 vaccination certificates from October and is also in talks with other countries to work out which vaccines will be recognised in international travel bubble arrangements.

The Australian vaccine passports for international travel will be available either on travellers’ phones or in printed form. Mr Morrison has previously promised overseas travel can resume more broadly when states reach the 80 per cent full vaccination threshold.

So far 39 per cent of the eligible population – or more than 8 million Australians aged 16 and over – are fully vaccinated.

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Police confront worshippers after stand-off at Melbourne synagogue

A stand-off at a Ripponlea synagogue has ended with police taking the details of worshippers who gathered to mark Jewish New Year, saying each will be fined for breaching public health orders.

This masthead was told members of an Orthodox Jewish congregation entered the synagogue about 5am on Tuesday and indicated they would refuse to leave until nightfall.

Police take details from people outside the synagogue on Tuesday night.Credit:Eddie Jim

The synagogue door was opened about 8.20pm. Fewer than 10 people filed out before the media was forced to move away from the scene when a group of people who had gathered outside became aggressive, pushing cameras and yelling insults at journalists.

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This morning’s headlines at a glance

Good morning and thanks for your company.

It’s Wednesday, September 8. I’m Broede Carmody and I’ll be anchoring our live coverage for the first half of the day.

Here’s everything you need to know before we get started.

  • Sydney’s lockdown and vaccine rollout has prevented almost 5000 deaths in NSW and almost half a million COVID-19 infections, according to modelling from the Burnet Institute. The state recorded 1220 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. Premier Gladys Berejiklian says NSW’s health system will be able to cope when the number of hospitalisations peak in the coming weeks.
  • In Victoria, Premier Daniel Andrews has asked for an extra 340,000 extra Pfizer doses after a federal government tally revealed NSW received more vaccines than its share of the population. Health Minister Greg Hunt says the situation will be addressed quickly. Victoria recorded 246 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. Worshippers in the city’s south east will be issued fines after breaching public gathering rules. And reappointed Opposition Leader Matthew Guy has promised a positive vision for Victoria in order to get the state “back on track” after months of lockdown.
  • ACT recorded 19 new, locally acquired cases of COVID-19 yesterday. The territory’s lockdown is due to continue until at least Friday, September 17.
  • There were no new coronavirus cases in Queensland or WA yesterday. WA Premier Mark McGowan and Qld Health Minister Yvette D’Ath have made similar comments about Pfizer allocations as Victoria’s Dan Andrews. They’re accusing the Morrison government of “playing politics” with the vaccine rollout.
  • And New Zealanders living outside Auckland are returning to work and school this morning, subject to density limits and mandatory mask-wearing. The country’s restrictions were downgraded late last night, but its biggest city remains in lockdown until at least next week. NZ yesterday reported 21 new cases of COVID-19 in the community.
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