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Australian citizens will be denied healthcare if they are not vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Australian government has backed the use of vaccine passports, but that won't deny healthcare services to its citizens.

The Australian government has backed the use of vaccine passports, but that won't deny healthcare services to its citizens.As cases of Delta variant surge in Australia, the government is trying to step up the vaccination campaign. While businesses are opened in several cities with fewer infections, curfews are imposed in some places to combat the spread of the virus. The vaccination drive is lagging in some states, and the government has appealed against vaccine hesitancy. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has backed the idea of a vaccine passport to ease the curbs but stopped short of making it compulsory. The passport will facilitate free travel and allow those who are double vaccinated to enter restaurants, theatres, sporting events, and other venues.

Amid this, there are claims made on social media that the government is trying to implement the vaccine policy by force. Many users claim that people will not be eligible for various government services if they refuse to be vaccinated. They used a short clip of Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to give credence to their claim.

However, vaccination is not compulsory in Australia, and people have the option to choose. Further, Mr. Andrews only said that his government would support the vaccine passport program, which meant many people would not be able to participate in social events. Neither he nor the PM said that health care services would be denied to those who are unvaccinated. Hence we mark the claim as false.

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