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Coronavirus Australia: Thousands of Australians battling to access Covid-19 vaccine certificate

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How to find your Covid-19 vaccine certificate to enter cafes, restaurants, pubs and gyms in NSW – and what to do if you’re not tech savvy

  • Millions of Australians are or will soon enjoy first taste of freedom in months
  • Fully vaccinated NSW residents enjoyed freedoms, Victorians soon to follow
  • Millions now scrambling to get the proof they need to show vaccination status 
  •  You will need a COVID-19 digital certificate or immunisation history statement










Millions of fully vaccinated Australians are enjoying their first taste of freedom in months as Covid-19 lockdowns were lifted across NSW.

The race to get vaccinated continues in Australia with the promise of reopening international borders.

NSW leads the way with more than 75 per cent of over-16s now double jabbed after the state reopened on Monday.

With further restrictions eased at 80 per cent in NSW and fully jabbed Victorians to enjoy to freedoms within weeks, thousands are scrambling to get the proof they need to show their vaccination status.

Sydneysiders can now return to cafes, restaurants and bars by showing their vaccination status (pictured a customer showing the proof to staff at Bill and Tony's)

 Sydneysiders can now return to cafes, restaurants and bars by showing their vaccination status (pictured a customer showing the proof to staff at Bill and Tony’s)

All you need to prove your vaccination status is COVID-19 digital certificate or an immunisation history statement. 

 You will need to show the certificate to prove your vaccination status when attending goods or service providers.

Everyone who has had both jabs has been issued a certificate through their Medicare account, which can be accessed online and downloaded to their mobile or tablet for easy access.

Those over the age of 14 can access the digital certificate through the myGov or Express Plus Medicare app.

You'll need a COVID-19 digital certificate to enter pubs, bars, cafes, gyms and non-essential retail in NSW (pictured a client at a Sydney gym on Monday)

You’ll need a COVID-19 digital certificate to enter pubs, bars, cafes, gyms and non-essential retail in NSW (pictured a client at a Sydney gym on Monday)

Thousands are scrambling to get the proof they need to show their vaccination status (pictured) to enjoy more freedoms

Thousands are scrambling to get the proof they need to show their vaccination status (pictured) to enjoy more freedoms

Those less savvy and unable to access their digital certificate can get a hard copy version from Services Australia.

Those not eligible for Medicare can get proof using the Individual Healthcare Identifiers service (IHI service) through myGov.   

All providers must report all vaccinations to the Australian Immunisation Register within 24 hours for recipients to access their vaccination status.

Services Australia urges Australians to contact their service provider if vaccinations aren’t showing after 10 days or call the AIR on 1800 653 809.

82.8 per cent of eligible Australians – or more than 17 million – have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 63.4 per cent – or more than 13 million – have received both. 

Non-essential retail stores in NSW  reopened for the first time in three months this week (pictured customers at Pitt Street Mall showing their vaccination status to staff)

Non-essential retail stores in NSW  reopened for the first time in three months this week (pictured customers at Pitt Street Mall showing their vaccination status to staff)

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