Scheme sees Geraldton pensioners eligible for free COVID vaccine certificates

Phoebe PinGeraldton Guardian
There has been strong demand for wallet-sized versions of COVID-19 vaccine certificates.
Camera IconThere has been strong demand for wallet-sized versions of COVID-19 vaccine certificates. Credit: Facebook/RegionalHUB

Pensioners struggling to use the ServiceWA app can now access a free service to print wallet-sized COVID vaccination certificates.

Local business Finer Images has been downsizing and laminating the certificates for hundreds of residents since the extended proof of vaccination requirements were introduced for certain venues.

The service usually costs $12.50 for a tiny copy of an official certificate of vaccination, or $20 for a double-sided card including photo identification.

While a convenient and affordable option for many, Labor Member for the Agricultural Region Sandra Carr said the service might not fit into the budgets of everyone.

To support the predominantly elderly customer base, Ms Carr said her office had sponsored $500 worth of printed vaccination certificates with Finer Images.

“It is a bit of a running tab at the moment while we see how big the need is, but we can always increase the amount if the demand is there,” she said.

“We want to help as many people as we can.”

Ms Carr said her office staff had also received training to help people set up their account with ServiceWA, with community workshops to be held across the Mid West in the near future.

She said staff had also already helped several people with the mobile application through her Geraldton office.

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