“What it’s used for at the moment is to validate that the person has the green tick… QR coding still operates in some settings where you don’t need to be vaccinated, like the local supermarket.”
Last week, Queensland removed the requirement for people to check in to venues that don’t require proof of vaccination status, such as supermarkets, citing a lack of compliance. The ACT and South Australia have also scaled back the use of QR codes.
According to the data, there were 24.2 million check-ins across Victoria in the first week of October and 25.2 million in the second week. Weekly check-ins rose to well over 40 million in November as Victoria emerged from lockdown.
Around 93 per cent of Victorians have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, with 50 of the population aged over 18 have received a booster dose. There were 16,701 inoculations administered at state-run sites across Saturday.
Elective surgeries to resume
Mr Andrews acknowledged the state was now facing a “big job of catch up” on elective surgeries, but he said the return to non-urgent procedures following a drop in COVID-19 cases was “promising”.
In changes announced late this week, all regional public hospitals will resume category 2 procedures from Monday, while private hospitals in the regions will carry out up to 75 per cent of all elective surgery.
Most public hospitals in Melbourne will continue to be restricted to emergency and urgent elective surgery, except for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Center and the Royal Eye and Ear Hospital, which can resume all category 2 procedures.
“We will have those surgeries back on as fast as we can, and we’ve made really important steps towards that,” Mr Andrews said.
“So elective surgery is happening again, and we’ll have it back to 100 per cent across both the private and the public system as soon as we possibly can.
“No one enjoys having to contract the health system down to only the sickest patients getting treated, but that’s what a real emergency calls for.”
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