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Covid-19 Australia: Inside the Check-In Queensland app flaw, unvaccinated can abuse

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Major flaw in Covid-19 check-in app that allows unvaccinated Australians to fraudulently enter pubs and restaurants when they should be banned – and anti-vaxxers are already taking advantage

  • Queensland will restrict locations to vaccinees from December 17th
  • Residents will have to prove that they have been jabbed to enter pubs, clubs and restaurants
  • Queenslanders must link a valid vaccination certificate to the Check In Qld app
  • A loophole allows users to upload a third-party vaccination certificate










A loophole allowing unvaccinated Australians to fraudulently access services available only for the double jab has cropped up in one state’s Covid check-in app.

Queensland will only allow fully immunized people to enter pubs, cafes and restaurants after December 17 on presentation of a government-issued vaccination certificate on the Check In Qld app.

The app allows users to add legitimate family members and family members to their device through their MyGov account for convenience.

But the same feature allows them to upload that person’s vaccination certificate, potentially posing as someone else.

The app is being exploited by anti-vaxxers who use evidence of someone else’s vaccination to fraudulently claim that they both received Covid-19 shots.

Queensland residents exercise during the Gold Coast pandemic. A loophole has been discovered in the state’s Check-In Qld app

Queensland Health's Covid-19 check-in apps could be exploited by unvaccinated people as it contains a flaw that allows people to remove a third party's vaccination certificate

Queensland Health’s Covid-19 check-in apps could be exploited by unvaccinated people as it contains a flaw that allows people to remove a third party’s vaccination certificate

The potential loophole could mean unvaccinated people crowding into the Sunshine State’s popular locations illegally.

The December 17 change also applies to visiting retirement homes, meaning unvaccinated people can visit potentially vulnerable Queensland residents.

Fully immunized Queensland residents will have unlimited access to pubs, cafes and restaurants from December 17.  Pictured: A digital Covid certificate from the federal government

Fully immunized Queensland residents will have unlimited access to pubs, cafes and restaurants from December 17. Pictured: A digital Covid certificate from the federal government

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said it is inevitable that some people will try to cheat the system.

“You know, it’s human nature and some people just don’t want to live up to it, and we’ve seen that during the pandemic,” she told the Courier Mail.

Public Works Minister Leeanne Enoch confirmed it was aware of the potential error.

“Intentionally and fraudulently sharing or using a certificate that does not belong to you – whether in print, electronic or otherwise – would be considered a criminal offense,” Ms Enoch’s spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, there have been new calls by the pharmacies and aged care sectors to increase penalties for vaccine passport fraud in Australia.

There were no new Covid cases in Queensland on Friday and just seven deaths in 20 months.  Pictured is a masked pedestrian in Brisbane's CBD

There were no new Covid cases in Queensland on Friday and just seven deaths in 20 months. Pictured is a masked pedestrian in Brisbane’s CBD

There have been reports of falsified vaccine certificates, and in some cases, GPs and pharmacists have reported being bribed up to $1,000 to falsify proof of vaccination.

According to Services Australia, existing fines run up to $6,660 for vaccine suppliers who falsify data.

Queensland has maintained some of the lowest numbers of Covid cases in Australia during the pandemic, with no new cases on Friday and just seven deaths in 20 months.

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