If you are an international student who has received a vaccination in Australia, you’re probably wondering how you’ll be able to prove that you are fully vaccinated – even if you don’t have a Medicare card (that Australian citizens have).
Did you know that you can still prove your vaccination status, and show proof when you attend events or gatherings?
Two* different digital documents can prove that you have received COVID-19 vaccinations (you only need one of them):
- Immunisation History Statement,
- COVID-19 digital certificate,
- QR coded vaccine certificate (used for the purposes of leaving Australia and entering your home country, ie when intending to go home for holidays to visit your family).
Immunisation History Statement
After you get your second COVID-19 vaccination (if you’re receiving your vaccination in Australia), your medical practitioner or government-run mass vaccination centre staff member will enter your details and receipt of vaccination into the Australian Immunisation Register.
Then, a unique Immunisation History Statement will be generated for you by that system that shows all immunisations you have received in Australia, based on the Australian Immunisation Register.
You can ask your vaccination provider to print a copy of your Immunisation History Statement for you or you can call the Australian Immunisation Register to have an Immunisation History Statement sent in the post. It can take up to 14 days to arrive.
COVID-19 digital certificate
You can also receive a COVID-19 digital certificate which shows proof of the two COVID-19 vaccinations you have received in Australia.
To get a COVID-19 digital certificate, you will first need a MyGov account, which can be created here.
Having a MyGov account will then enable you to establish an Individual Health Identifier (IHI) and obtain your digital certificate.
How about getting both?
Putting the IHI into myGov, when you’re asked to, will allow you to get access to both the Immunisation History Statement and your COVID-19 digital certificate.
Leaving Australia as a fully vaccinated student
If you've been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Australia, you can now receive an Australian-issued QR coded vaccine certificate for the purposes of re-entering your home country. Read our news story for more information.
As the situation continues to evolve, we will keep you updated here, so please keep checking for further updates.