Vaccinations have opened up the world for Shallow Crossing resident Malcolm Mason and he is a great supporter of the International Certificates of Vaccination system.
Mr Mason, this week, got his first COVID-19 jab and made sure the record of the vaccination and batch number was stamped in his International Certificates of Vaccination record book.
He says people should not fear getting vaccinated, adding he could not see why everyone in Australia would not want to have an International Certificates of Vaccination.
Mr Mason and wife Patricia are looking towards future travel opportunities which is why he wanted to get the record of his COVID-19 shot in his vaccination booklet.
"This one [COVID-19] we have got it and keeping it for the simple reason that if Australia and other countries open up and we want to go to France, England or Bali, for example, we will have a record of vacation for people to look at," he said.
"The certificates could also be used if you wanted to go to say Victoria or somewhere else.
"When the country opens up, we will be clear and we will be off."
He said the International Certificates of Vaccination system had been going for and working "for donkey's years".
Mr Mason said people may not want to get such a certificate but at least they should be given the option - particularly if they are planning on doing some international travelling.
He even wrote to the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern hoping they would advise their parliaments of the need for Certificates of Vaccination.
The New Zealand Government thanked him for his letter while the NSW Government referred him to the Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt.
Mr Mason worked for the British Motor Corporation in the 1960s and '70s and was sent all over the world.
Vaccinations were important for Mr Mason and his employer.
"The company would not issue you a ticket without every injection required for the country that I was going too," he said.
He has had vaccinations for cholera, yellow fever, typhoid and tetanus - to name just a few.
"I was for many years a mobile pin-cushion," he said.
The 85-year-old and his wife Patricia were slow off the blocks getting their first jab and did not realise the Ulladulla Endoscopy and Medical Centre provided vaccines.
They definitely did not want to go up to Sydney to get the jab.
Once they found out about the Ulladulla centre they made an appointment straight away.
Their second shot, in six weeks time, is also booked in.