Vaccination status and evidence

Last Updated: 02 May 2022 12:01am

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Staying up to date with COVID vaccinations

To be considered up to date with COVID-19 vaccination, you must have had all the doses recommended for your age and health needs.

You will be considered ‘overdue’ if you have not had a booster dose in the recommended timeframe for your age or health status.

Go to the Australian Government Department of Health website for more information about staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccination.

Evidence of vaccination status

Proof of vaccination can be requested through your Australian Medicare online account in MyGov, or the Express Plus Medicare app.
Read about how to get proof of your vaccination on the Services Australia website.

Acceptable evidence of your vaccination status is:

  • an Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Immunisation Register; or
  • a COVID-19 digital certificate; or
  • an equivalent document from a jurisdiction outside Australia that is recognised by the Australian Government or Director of Public Health.

If you are not able to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccinations online, you can:

  • Ask your GP to print your immunisation history statement.
  • Call the Australian Immunisation Register and ask them to send your proof to you. It can take up to 14 days for your statement or certificate to arrive in the post. Call on 1800 653 809 Monday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm.

You can also visit  Service Tasmania, State Libraries and Services Australia services centres to get help accessing your vaccination records

Vaccination clinics cannot print your statement or digital certificate for you.

Evidence of an exemption

If you cannot get any of the approved COVID-19 vaccines for medical reasons, your doctor will need to update your record on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) to say you have a medical contraindication and can’t receive the vaccine.

This will then be reflected on your Immunisation History Statement and COVID-19 Digital Certificate. You can show your certificate as proof of your vaccination exemption status.

If vaccination is required under a Public Health Direction, evidence of an exemption can be provided via the Australian Immunisation Register or completed vaccination exemption form to your employer. You may also be asked to produce this evidence if requested while on the premises of a health or medical facility for work.

If providing a current medical certificate as evidence that you are unable to receive a COVID-19 vaccine because of a medical contraindication, it must include the following information:

  • your name (this must match your travel identification documents if travelling); and
  • date of the medical consultation and details of your medical practitioner; and
  • details that clearly acknowledge that you have a medical condition which means you cannot receive a COVID-19 vaccination (vaccination is contraindicated).

Visit the Services Australia website for more information about exemptions.