Victoria is set to officially hit the 70 per cent double-vaxxed milestone on Thursday, so Melbourne’s lockdown is ending. From Friday October 22, fully immunised people will have a heap of restrictions lifted. Plus, we’ll be allowed to do even more than we were expecting.
It’s all very exciting. I’ve been making booking after booking at my favourite venues, and it’s a genuine thrill to be able to make plans – actual, full-blown plans – with other people again. But through all that excitement, I realised this morning that, short of printing out my vaccine certificate, I actually don’t have any way of proving my fully vaxxed status – and I suspect that venue owners and security won’t be keen to just “take my word for it”.
The good news is that if you’re fully vaxxed, you can add your Covid-19 digital certificate to your phone in about five minutes. I did it this morning, and I’m terrible with technology, so here’s how to do it in five steps:
Step one: log in to your Mygov account (on your phone, that part’s important)
I’m used to avoiding Mygov like the plague, because whenever they get in touch, it means I’ve done my taxes wrong or have forgotten to update my information on the electoral roll for the millionth time. Anyway, find your Mygov login details, and log yourself into the website on your phone. (Make sure it’s your phone, otherwise, well, you won’t be able to add it to your phone.)
Step two: find your Medicare card (or equivalent)
I’m on my family’s Medicare card, so be prepared to call a parent for the info you need. It’s also just a neat opportunity to catch up with your folks, which is nice. If you have your own card, get it out and ready.
It’s also fine if you don’t have Medicare or aren’t eligible for it. Use Mygov to link to an Individual Healthcare Identifiers (IHI) service instead. (Here’s how to get an IHI.)
Step three: link your Medicare to your Mygov
If you’ve already done this before, congrats, you’re a better adult than me and can skip this step. But if you haven’t, it’s really easy. There’s a “quick links” section on the Mygov homepage linking to Medicare. Follow the steps, input the information it asks for, and you’ll be set up within minutes.
Step four: click on “proof of Covid-19 vaccination” then add it to your phone
Back on the Mygov homepage, click on the “proof of Covid-19 vaccination” link in the quick-links section. Once you click through, you’ll be able to view either your full immunisation history or you can click “view Covid-19 digital certificate” (as a PDF). Under this, you’ll have the option to add it to your Apple Wallet if you use an iPhone, or to Google Pay if you’re with Android. Click that and you’re good to go.
If this isn’t available – don’t worry. It can take up to 10 days after your second jab before your immunisation status goes through. This is unlikely, but it does happen.
Step five: enjoy your fully vaxxed freedoms
It’s been a long slog. Be safe and enjoy spending time with your friends and family. You’ve earned it.
You can also add your Covid-19 digital certificate to the Service Victoria app. Here’s how to do it:
First, check your apps and accounts
Before you get going, make sure you have the latest version of the Service Victoria app (this won’t work if you don’t have the latest version; get it here for Apple or here for Android). And you’ll add your certificate using either the Express Plus Medicare app (download here for Apple or here for Android), or your online Medicare account, which can be accessed via Mygov.
If you’re using the Express Plus Medicare app
• Open the app
• Select “proof of vaccinations”
• Hit “view history”
• If you share your Medicare account with others, select your name; otherwise, it should be automatically selected
• Select “share with check-in app”
• You’ll be presented with options to share with the Service Victoria or Service NSW app. Select Service Victoria
• Read the terms and conditions, then hit “accept and share”
• Tap “add certificate”
If you’re using your Medicare account via Mygov
• Sign into Mygov on a browser on your device
• Scroll to “proof of Covid-19 vaccination” and hit “go to Medicare”
• Select “share with check-in app”
• Select “Service Victoria” and follow the prompts
• Review the terms and conditions and hit “accept and share” if everything is in check
• Once you see your digital certificate pop up, hit “add certificate”
When you check in at a venue, your confirmation screen will show a green tick to confirm the check-in, and – if you’ve added your certificate – a white tick on a green background, with “valid certificate” displayed. You’ll be able to show you’ve checked into a venue at the same time as proving your fully vaxxed status.