COVID-19 vaccine: Exemptions and certificates

What the vaccination exemption process looks like and how My Vaccine Pass will work if you have an exemption.

Last updated: 17 November 2021

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Temporary medical exemption process

In rare medical situations, some people m­­­ay be able to apply for a temporary medical exemption from being vaccinated against COVID-19. This will allow them to get a domestic vaccination status certificate (My Vaccine Pass).

You will need to talk to your usual medical practitioner or nurse practitioner about whether or not you meet the criteria for an exemption.

There are very few people that are unable to get a vaccine due to medical grounds and exemptions should be limited to situations where a suitable alternative COVID-19 vaccine is not readily available for the individual.

Criteria for Temporary COVID-19 Vaccine Medical Exemptions

If you meet the criteria, your usual medical practitioner or nurse practitioner will apply on your behalf. Applications can only be made by medical or nurse practitioners.

Your application will go through a panel review process. If the application is granted a copy of the exemption will be provided in a letter or email.

A medical exemption is only valid for up to six months.


My Vaccine Pass

If you’re given a temporary medical exemption, you will see a record of this in My Covid Record and you will be able to a request My Vaccine Pass.

When your pass is scanned at venues your exemption status will not be disclosed to the business. You will be able to gain access like everyone else.

My Vaccine Pass

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