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Australians would back vaccine passports

Australians would back vaccine passports if it allowed them to travel.

A study carried out amongst citizens from Down Under revealed that residents would be happy to show proof of having the coronavirus jab if it meant they could go away or live life with less restrictions.

Discussing the idea, Prime Minister Scott Morrison told radio station 3AW: "That is the next step, but I do think that next step is some way away. If you're fully vaccinated, that you would be able to travel, certainly around Australia, but maybe overseas, without the need for hotel quarantine."

A study was executed by University of Sydney and University of Western Australia and it found that nearly three quarters (73 per cent) of people think vaccines should be made compulsory for work, travel and study, whilst two thirds (66 per cent) would gladly get the jab if they could travel.

David Smith, the lead author of the study, said: "It's a surprising finding. A lot of people who are hesitant would approve of the government making a vaccine a requirement to go to work or study.

"There would be wide political support for a mandate with some small pockets of opposition based on broader dissatisfaction with government. Our research suggests there will be fairly widespread - though far from universal - acceptance of those measures in Australia."

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