COVID-19 vaccine and tests

What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine and test.

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COVID-19 vaccine

A lot of members are asking questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone in Australia regardless of Medicare or visa status.

If you don’t have a Medicare card, or are not eligible for Medicare, you can get your free vaccination at:

  • a Commonwealth Vaccination Clinic
  • a state or territory vaccination clinic.

The vaccine is voluntary, and everyone is encouraged to get a vaccine to help protect the community from COVID-19. Find out more on the Australian Government website.

As the COVID-19 vaccine is free for everyone in Australia, vaccination providers cannot charge you for the COVID-19 vaccine or for your appointments to receive the vaccine.

If your vaccination provider charges for any costs associated with the administration of the COVID-19 vaccination (including booking fees), you should:

How to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination without a Medicare card

Visit the Government website.

If you’re not eligible for Medicare, you need an Individual Healthcare Identifier (IHI) to get your proof online. You can apply for an IHI by using the Healthcare Identifiers service through myGov.

To do this, sign in to myGov then:

  1. Select Services or Link your first service.
  2. Select Individual Healthcare Identifiers service and then follow the prompts.

You don’t need an IHI to get the vaccines, you only need it to access proof of your vaccinations.


COVID-19 booster vaccine

For international students and/or workers, and their dependents staying in Australia, it's important you maintain your immunity against COVID-19.

The COVID-19 booster dose is free for everyone regardless of Medicare eligibility. The Department’s website contains resources regarding the COVID-19 booster program. The website provides updates from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) regarding the third dose and when it should be received

COVID-19 tests

Please call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 to find a testing clinic near you. For translating and interpreting services call 131 450.

COVID-19 certificates for travel

Most public COVID-19 testing clinics don't provide certificates for travel. However, if you need a COVID-19 test certificate for travel, it goes under the category of 'innoculations for travel. And if there's a fee, it won't be covered by Medicare or CBHS International Health.