Prepare for your COVID-19 vaccination

Get ready for your vaccine by following the advice below.

Check your Medicare details

You will need your Medicare details at your appointment.

If you don’t have an account set up, you can:

  • enrol in Medicare, if you’re not already enrolled
  • set up your Medicare online account, if you’re enrolled in Medicare, but don’t have Medicare linked to myGov.

Find out more on the Australian Government's Services Australia website.

Once vaccinated, you’ll be able to get an immunisation history statement as proof of vaccination.

Not eligible for a Medicare card

You can still get the COVID-19 vaccine for free with an Individual Health Identifier (IHI).

An IHI is a unique number used to identify an individual for health care purposes.

Apply for an IHI at a Centrelink office or online. Find out more on the Services Australia website.

Make sure you're feeling well

You should not attend a COVID-19 vaccination appointment if you:

  • are unwell with fever, cough, runny nose or other symptoms that could be from COVID-19
  • are awaiting COVID-19 test results
  • have tested positive with COVID-19 and you are in isolation
  • are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.

If you fall into any of the above categories, check with your GP or health clinic. You may need to reschedule your appointment for vaccination.

Bring your ID

Bring the following to your appointment:

  • your Medicare card if you have one
  • photo ID such as a driver licence or passport.

Attend at the time you booked

Only attend if you have a booked appointment. Read more about how to book.

The estimated time in the clinic will be 30 minutes. It is a requirement that staff observe you for 15 minutes post vaccination.

At your appointment, you will complete a form listing any medical conditions and provide consent. You can also ask any questions at this time.

After consent, you will be able to receive your COVID-19 vaccination.

Last updated: 10 August 2022

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Last updated: 10 August 2022