Independent Senator Rex Patrick says talk of vaccine passports is shielding the Federal Government from criticisms over its bungled vaccine rollout.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison intends to address issues regarding freedom of movement with National Cabinet on Friday with the view of allowing fully vaccinated individuals access into states regardless of border closures.
However, instead of introducing vaccine passports, Mr Patrick says the Federal Government needs more consistent messaging if it is to reduce hesitancy amongst Australians around receiving the jab.
“I think the idea (vaccine passports) is only being rolled out because it’s a distraction from the failure to roll out the vaccine,” he told Sky News.
“We just simply do what we’ve done in the past…making people feel comfortable that the vaccine is not going to cause harm.
“That’s a big worry for a number of my constituents…particularly when you have a health minister who is saying just wait for a while until we get enough Pfizer vaccines to come in so we’re getting inconsistent messaging as well.
“Once we’ve got enough people who have signed on to get the vaccine, I think all these issues of passports go away.”