What should I do before I get vaccinated for COVID-19?
Find out what you can do to be ready for your COVID-19 vaccine.
1. Continue to protect yourself and your family against COVID-19
Whether you are vaccinated or not, there are things you can do to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. You must:
- practise good hygiene
- practise physical distancing
- follow the limits for public gatherings
- understand how to isolate if you need to
- get tested if you have any signs or symptoms of COVID – our YDMH testing service is available and bookings can be made via 0428 618 994 and fill out the COVID-19 testing registration form. It will save time!
2. Check your current eligibility
Use the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker to see if you are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
National coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline
If you need information about COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccines or help with the COVIDSafe app, call the telephone number listed below. If you need assistance with booking a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, please note the call centre is unable to book appointments on your behalf.
3. Prior to Vaccination, make sure your Medicare details are correct
While you wait to be vaccinated for COVID-19, there are some things you can do to get ready.
Make sure your details are up to date with Medicare. You can do this using either your:
If you don’t have your account set up, you can:
- enrol in Medicare, if you’re not already enrolled.
- set up your Medicare online account if you’re enrolled in Medicare, but don’t have Medicare linked to myGov.
- get an Individual Health Identifier (IHI), if you’re not eligible for Medicare.
Once you’ve had your vaccine, you’ll be able to get an immunisation history statement to prove your vaccination status. You can get proof of vaccinations from your Medicare immunisation history through myGov, or by calling Medicare on 1800 653 809.
Find out how to get your immunisation history statement on the Services Australia website.
After you have checked that your Medicare details are correct, it’s time to get ready for your appointment. You can find more information in these patient resources:
Guardians, carers and family members who need a consent form for someone they care for can download the Consent form for COVID-19 vaccination.