People in Sydney entering cafes, hair salons and retailers after 107 days of lockdown have had to prove themselves in a new way: by providing evidence of their vaccination.
In regional Victoria, the Vaccinated Economy Trial got under way in preparation for businesses reopening when the state hits the 70% double-dose vaccination target.
The same goes for residents across New South Wales from Monday, but it’s not the only state with vaccine passport plans.
So here’s the question: how can I prove my vaccination status?
For those double jabbed and aged 14 or older, you can get a digital certificate using your Medicare online account through myGov.
The most convenient way: get a Covid-19 digital certificate
You can see your name, date of birth, valid date and a big white tick on the certificate.
If you are using the Express Plus Medicare mobile app, you can directly acquire the certificate there. However, to access the app, you still need to set up your myGov and Medicare online accounts.
You may have to wait for up to 10 days to receive the certificate, according to Services Australia. Once it’s there, you can add it to your Apple Wallet or Google Pay. Can I share the certificate on my state check-in app?
If you are in Victoria and use the Service Victoria app, you can share your Covid-19 digital certificate with it. But here is the tricky part. If you are using an iPhone with iOS 13 or later, you have to get your digital certificate via your Medicare online account to share the proof with Service Victoria successfully.
If you are using an iPhone with iOS 11 or 12, you can use the Express Plus Medicare mobile app to get hold of the copy. People in New South Wales should be able to download their digital certificate on the Service NSW app too, as the state government is working on a similar function.
I don’t have Medicare, can I get a Covid-19 digital certificate? Yes. But firstly, you need to get an Individual Healthcare Identifier. You can apply for it through myGov. This applies to people in both NSW and Victoria.
From there, you can view your immunisation history statement. You can also add it to your Apple Wallet or Google Pay, depending on what type of smartphone you use. For people in Victoria, they can also share the statement on the Service Victoria app.
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