The COVID-19 vaccination program began rolling out in gradual phases from February 2021, targeting specific groups of people in higher risk categories first, including people with MS in phase 1b. The COVID-19 vaccine is free of charge and is voluntary. The vaccine roll-out has now progressed to most adult age groups, but if you are living with MS and have not received your vaccinations as yet, you are still eligible to be included in the later rollouts.
At present, COVID-19 vaccination bookings can be made by going through the Department of Health online eligibility checker, which will firstly assess your eligibility for the vaccine, with the option to then make a vaccination booking if you are eligible and if there are appointments available at approved vaccination centres. Check your eligibility here. As the rollout has progressed, more GP practices have been added to list of approved vaccination centres, so it is worthwhile checking with your GP in the first instance if they are able to administer your COVID-19 vaccinations in their practice. Additionally, many pharmacies are now registered to administer both the AstraZeneca (“Vaxzevria”) and the newer Moderna (“Moderna mRNA”) vaccinations.
My Health Record enables consumers to obtain their immunisation history statement from My Health Record to show proof of their vaccinations. This service is also available for people who are not eligible for Medicare, if they have a My Health Record.
Additionally, a COVID-19 digital certificate may be downloaded after the primary course (two immunisations) has been completed.
My Health record has been updated in late November 2021 and has a new webpage Your COVID-19 information in one place to keep medical records and vaccination records together in one system.