In just under a month, rules around venues in Queensland will change.
From December 17, pubs, clubs, nightclubs, hotels, taverns, restaurants, cafes, bars and music venues will be free from all restrictions provided all patrons and staff are fully vaccinated.
You will need a vaccination certificate to prove your status, and it is now possible to link it to the latest version of the Check In Qld app, so you can show it to venues easily.
How to access your COVID-19 vaccination certificate
Services Australia general manager Hank Jongen told ABC Radio Brisbane the first step was to have an online myGov account and then link your Medicare account to it.
“Once you’ve created a Medicare online account, you immediately have access to your immunisation history and at that point, if you’ve received both shots, you can print off a certificate,” he said.
Parents and caregivers can also access children’s certificates if they are under 14, provided they share the same Medicare account.
Children 14 and over need their own account.
Before you start the process, make sure you have details of your most recent GP visit (or Medicare claim) and enough proof-of-identity documents to make up 100 points.
How do you share your certificate to the Check in Qld app?
First, ensure you have the latest version of the Check In Qld app downloaded.
Then, using your smartphone, go to your online Medicare account via the myGov website or the Express Plus Medicare app.
Then click through to the ‘Proof of vaccination’ page then click ‘View history’ where you will see a COVID-19 digital certificate section and a button that says, ‘Share with check in app’.
Choose the Check In Qld app and click ‘Share’ then ‘Accept and share’, which will open the Check In Qld app, then click ‘Accept’. And you’re done.
Can you add more than one person to the Check In Qld app?
Yes. Dependents under 14 listed on your Medicare online account, or an unrelated person who has signed into the myGov website on your device, can be added to the app.
The Queensland government website says certificates added after the first will display as a new guest, with their certificate attached.
What if you don’t have a smartphone?
Mr Jongen says people who do not have a smartphone can ask their GP or pharmacist to print off a certificate after their second shot.
Or you can ring the Australian Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809, and a certificate can be posted to you.
Otherwise, you can visit a Medicare office and get a printed copy.
What if you have a medical exemption?
If you have a medical exemption, your doctor will record this on your immunisation history statement and it will appear on your COVID-19 digital certificate.
You can upload this to the Check In Qld app.