Every vaccinated Australian can now access a digital certificate to prove they had the jab – here is how to get your hands on one
- Fully vaccinated Australians will receive digital certificate proving jab status
- Covid-19 digital certificate is proof of vaccination accessible anytime, anywhere
- Available on myGov or Express Plus Medicare app when second jab is recorded
- Security features of certificate make them impossible to be illegally reproduced
Australians who roll up their sleeves for the coronavirus vaccine will gain automatic access to a digital certificate to show they’ve been jabbed.
The federal government initiative now available to those fully vaccinated will likely be the passport to overseas travel when Australia’s international borders finally reopen.
The digital certificate could also give recipients access to certain activities with fewer restrictions as the rollout of the nation’s biggest ever vaccination program progresses.
Australians who have received both doses of either Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines have already been issued a certificate through their Medicare account, which can now be accessed online and downloaded to their mobile for easy access, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Fully vaccinated Australians will be issued a digital certificate showing their vaccination status. Pictured is a woman being vaccinated in Melbourne
Security features of the certificate are similar to the technology used for digital drivers licenses and IDs which are impossible to be illegally recreated.
Fully vaccinated Australians will be able to immediately access their digital certificate through the myGov or Express Plus Medicare app as soon as their second jab is reported to officials.
‘The Covid-19 digital certificate makes proof of vaccination accessible anytime, anywhere,’ government minister Linda Reynolds said.
‘We’re also giving people control over the level of vaccination history they share, as the certificate only shows your COVID-19 vaccination status.’
The new digital certificate (pictured) have a number of security features which be unable to be reproduced
Ms Reynolds urged Australians to link their Medicare details to their myGov for simple and easy access.
Less tech-savvy vaccinated Australians unable to access the digital certificate would be able to get a hard copy version from any Services Australia office.
When and how the certificates are used will be up to each state and territory.
Australia notched its fifth millionth jab three months after the country’s biggest vaccination program launched as a record 88,000 Australians rolled up their sleeves for the vaccine on Saturday.
Around 772,750 vaccinations have been completed in the last six days, which is also a record.
Australians can get access to the digital record as soon as their second jab is recorded. Pictured is a man rolling up his sleeves for the jab in Melbourne