Vaccine certificates explained: how to prove your vaccination status as Victoria prepares to reopen The Victorian government [rolled out trials at 14 venues across the state on Monday](/news/2021-10-11/vaccinated-economy-trial-begins-across-regional-victoria/100529716) to test its soon-to-be implemented “vaccinated economy”.When Victoria reaches its next immunisation target of 70 per cent double vaccination, projected to be on or before October 26, businesses such as hairdressers and restaurants will be able to reopen to fully vaccinated customers.When the state reaches 80 per cent double vaccination, projected to be around November 5, a wider range of businesses such as nightclubs, gyms and all retail stores will be able to serve fully vaccinated customers.Patrons will have to prove their full vaccination status to access venues and businesses in the coming months.
It came as the state government unveiled a new advertising campaign on Monday promoting vaccination as the “ticket” to access services.”It’s all about capturing the sentiment that Victorians want to get back to the things we love, the things that we aspire to again after 20 months of such hard work,” Health Minister Martin Foley said.”Dining, sport, travel, work, but perhaps most importantly of all, reconnecting with family and friends and those we love.” Here are the answers to some of ABC readers’ most frequently asked questions about the new “vaccinated economy”: How can I prove I’m fully vaccinated? Everyone getting a jab has their two doses recorded in the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) by their vaccine provider after their second appointment.It can take up to 10 days for your vaccination status to be updated and appear on government records and your immunisation history statement.
After both vaccine doses are recorded, Victorians will be be able to access a COVID-19 digital certificate.To access this certificate, fully vaccinated Victorians will need to create or log into a myGov account online and link their Medicare online account, For those not enrolled or eligible for Medicare, every Australian resident is automatically allocated a unique 16 digit Individual Healthcare Identifiers (IHI) number, and this service can also be linked to a myGov account to obtain access to a COVID-19 digital certificate.An IHI can also be registered under a pseudonym for vulnerable or at-risk people concerned about sharing their name when presenting proof of vaccination.Alternatively, Victorians may also link their My Health Record service if they cannot access Medicare or their IHI.A COVID-19 digital certificate can then be added to a smart phone wallet and shown to venues as proof of vaccination.Is there an app I can use? The government has released a new version of the Service Victoria app, aimed to streamline the process of proving vaccination status when attending venues.Victorians will need to download the latest version of the app released on October 11 to use the check-in features.As of 5:00pm Monday, 190,000 Victorians had already downloaded the Service Victoria app.
A COVID-19 digital certificate can be shared to the app via the Express Plus Medicare app or through a myGov prompt.Patrons will then use the Service Victoria app to check in, as opposed to starting the check-in process on a QR code via their phone camera.Business owners and staff will then be able to see whether a patron is fully vaccinated or not.Health authorities said businesses and the government will not have access to other personal medical records through this process.
What if I don’t have a smart phone or can’t use myGov? Printed COVID-19 digital certificates are accepted as proof of vaccination status.
The AIR can be contacted directly on 1800 653 809 and will send a paper copy of the certificate within 14 days via post.Can my whole family use one certificate? Each member of a family over 16 must present their own certificate, but health authorities said discussions are ongoing about how to let people add dependents onto their Service Australia app.Currently, children under 16 years old do not need to be vaccinated but must be accompanied by fully vaccinated adults.Can certificates be faked? COVID-19 digital certificates will use technology such as a special hologram to to verify the document.
“COVID-19 digital certificates can only be added to the app via the Express Plus Medicare app or the myGov website,” Minister for Government Services Danny Pearson said.”You can’t sort of take a screenshot of your certificate and upload it into your Service Victoria app.We’re making it quite secure.” The security assurances were made following [several vulnerabilities regarding the digital certificate being made public by a Melbourne software developer](/news/science/2021-09-10/covid-19-vaccination-certificate-can-be-easily-forged/100441774) .
With physical vaccination certificates still valid as proof, it is currently unclear whether proof can be forged with physical documents.Will the Service Victoria app work interstate? Different apps will be needed for different states and jurisdictions if Victorians travel interstate and require proof of vaccination.
Mr Pearson said the government was in conversation with other states to increase the ability for apps from different jurisdictions to communicate.He said it was a complex process given the dated technology currently in use with the AIR.”It is quite involved, and it is quite complicated.The Australian Immunisation Register is basically a 1990s era mainframe computer,” he said.How can I prove I’m fully vaccinated when I go overseas? The Australian Government has announced the introduction of a globally recognised International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate.It will include a QR code readable internationally and will comply with standards set out by the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
The Commonwealth said in a statement that “engagement with commercial airlines and foreign governments has already begun to ensure they are familiar with the system”.What if I was vaccinated overseas? Those vaccinated overseas are able to update their information on the AIR and add any vaccinations they received in other countries.However, only five vaccinations are currently recognised by Australia: – Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) – Oxford-AstraZeneca/Covishield (Vaxzevria) – Moderna (Spikevax) – Johnson & Johnson/Janssen – Coronavac (Sinovac) Anyone that received their vaccination overseas can ask their GP or a recognised vaccination provider to record their jabs on the AIR.They will need to provide vaccination records either in English or translated into English.
The AIR will then issue a COVID-19 digital certificate.However, COVID-19 vaccines not recognised by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration such as Sinopharm, Covaxin and Sputnik V cannot be added to the AIR and are not considered valid for full vaccination status.How do I prove I have a medical exemption from vaccination? In order for a medical exemption to be considered valid in place of proof of vaccination, a person must have a medical certificate or a letter from an approved medical practitioner.The document must be dated and is valid for the period the medical practitioner specifies (up to six months), or for six months from the date of issue: The following are considered authorised medical practitioners: – general practice registrars on an approved 3GA training placement – public health physicians – general physicians – infectious disease physicians – clinical immunologists – gynaecologist – obstetrician – GPs who are vocationally registered – GPs who is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners – GP who is a fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine How long will proof of vaccination be required at venues and events in Victoria? No end date has been given for the vaccinated economy system.
Premier Daniel Andrews would not commit to how long the technology would be in use and said Victorians should expect it at least for the duration of the coming summer.”It is all about how much spread there has been in the community.” Related Stories More on coronavirus Top .