As history was made in the Goulburn Valley this morning with the first COVID-19 vaccine being administered by GV Health, the Federal Government is encouraging all residents in the Nicholls electorate to link their digital government services, particularly their myGov and Medicare accounts.
The call to link digital services follows the announcement that the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) will be the record for all vaccinations for Australians. This record will form the basis of the vaccination certificate that all Australians will be able to use, including visa holders.
The AIR underwent significant upgrades ahead of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
The AIR already allows you to see your recorded immunisations through myGov or the Medicare Express Plus app through an “immunisation history statement”. Almost 5.6 million immunisation history statements were securely accessed by individuals over the last financial year.
Your immunisation history statement will record your COVID-19 vaccinations.
Minister for Government Services, Stuart Robert, encouraged all Australians to link their myGov and Medicare online services today to ensure they can quickly and easily access proof they have had a COVID-19 vaccination.
“The Federal Government is getting on with the vaccine rollout so we’re asking Australians to be vaccination-ready and link their digital services today,” Mr Robert said.
“Services Australia has been putting in the work to ensure government services are simple, respectful, transparent and helpful – so we have supercharged myGov and we have state-of-the art cybersecurity in place to protect the Australian Immunisation Register.”
Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, said linking myGov and Medicare digital accounts was a simple process that could be undertaken now.
“This is something you can do right now to get your family vaccination-ready,” Mr Drum said.
“It will be really helpful once you’ve had the vaccine and will mean you can easily access your vaccine certificate through the Australian Immunisation Register at the touch of a button.
“Do not forget, if you already have your Medicare account linked in myGov, make sure you check your contact details are up to date.”
Data from Services Australia indicates there are currently 19.7 million active myGov Accounts, with 9.9 million linked to Medicare.
The easiest way to get a Medicare online account, is through myGov at my.gov.au
- Sign in to myGov, select ‘Link a service’
- Enter your Medicare card number and details to confirm your identity
By taking these steps, you’ll be able to easily access your immunisation history online
How to get your Immunisation history statement with your Medicare online account:
- Sign in to myGov and select Medicare
- On the Immunisation history tile, select View statement
- Select your name and then View your statement
With your Medicare app you can:
- Open your app
- Select Immunisation history from Services
- Select your name and then select View history Statement
If you can’t get your immunisation history statement online or need help, call 1800 653 809.
Services Australia staff can support anyone who hasn’t used these digital services before. They’re easy and convenient to use. We also encourage Australians with elderly family members to help them to get set up with our digital services.
You can find online guides to help you link Medicare to myGov here.
If you need help with your myGov account, call the helpdesk on 132 307. It is open from Monday to Friday 7am to 10pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm.
Medicare online account help: Link Medicare to myGov with your Medicare card.