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Vaccination for non-Medicare card holders

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Vaccination for non-Medicare card holders

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COVID-19 vaccines are free and available for everyone aged 12 years and over in Australia, regardless of Medicare or visa status. This includes:

  • refugees
  • asylum seekers
  • temporary protection visa holders
  • people on bridging visas
  • overseas visitors
  • international students
  • migrant workers
  • people who are not Australian citizens
  • people who are not permanent residents
  • people who are living in Australia on a visa
  • those whose visas have been cancelled or who have overstayed their visas
  • those who are eligible for, but do not have a Medicare card (e.g. some people experiencing homelessness).

Non-Medicare card holders should bring some identification when they get their COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccination support for non-Medicare holders in general practice

Everyone is encouraged to discuss any questions or concerns about vaccine safety or suitability with their usual GP.

If patients are not eligible for Medicare, general practice providers can still supply COVID-19 vaccines to these patients, but cannot bill for this service (Medicare or otherwise). 

Where to access a COVID-19 vaccine for non-Medicare card holders

Individuals who do not have a Medicare card, or are not eligible for Medicare, are encouraged to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations for free at:

  • Commonwealth Vaccination Clinics (CVC);
  • Community pharmacies that are administering COVID-19 vaccines; or
  • Queensland Health-run COVID-19 vaccination clinics – Metro South Health are delivering additional clinics to support vulnerable populations. All clinics offer walk-in vaccination (no appointment required).

All COVID-19 vaccination providers are listed together on the vaccination clinic finder, which will filter to only show options for people without a Medicare card when that option is selected.

Please note, the vaccination clinic finder asks users to choose which vaccine they prefer.

  • If a non-Medicare card holder selects Pfizer, results will show:
    • Commonwealth Vaccination Clinics
    • Queensland Health-run COVID-19 vaccination clinics
  • If a non-Medicare card holder selects Moderna, results will show:
    • Community pharmacies
  • If a non-Medicare card holder selects AstraZeneca, results will show:
    • Commonwealth Vaccination Clinics (CVC)
    • Community pharmacies
    • Selected Queensland Health-run COVID-19 vaccination clinics

Booking a COVID-19 vaccination appointment

Bookings can be made directly with the Commonwealth Vaccination Clinic or pharmacy; the Vaccine Clinic Finder will link through to booking options. Most pharmacies will also likely make bookings for walk-ins, which is a good option for people who don’t feel comfortable using online methods.

All Queensland Health-run clinics are now operating on a walk-in basis.

Phone support is also available for culturally and linguistically diverse people to access relevant information and assistance with finding vaccine appointments, with the support of an interpreter:

  • Call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 13 14 50 and ask to be connected to the National Coronavirus Helpline. 

Please note, this phone option requires registering as a user and then calling back a few days later to make the booking once a registration email has been received.

Recording a COVID-19 vaccine on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) for non-Medicare card holders

Vaccination providers must record COVID-19 vaccinations administered to all individuals, including those without a Medicare card. Further information on how to do this can be found on the Services Australia website.

If a vaccination provider is unable to use their software to record the vaccination, it can be manually entered using the AIR Secure Site.  The AIR Secure Site can record new patients, including those without a Medicare number.

Health professionals should add as much detail as possible to these records to allow for future matching including:

  • first and last names (if known)
  • address
  • date of birth
  • postcode.

These individuals will be recorded on the AIR and given a supplementary identification number (SIN). This record can be used to record future immunisations, or until the individual has completed a Medicare registration.

Proof of Vaccination for non-Medicare card holders

The easiest way for individuals without a Medicare card to get proof of vaccination is by asking a vaccination provider to print a copy of their immunisation history statement on their behalf.

More options and information can be found on the Services Australia website.

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