International students can get COVID vaccine for free
COVID-19 vaccinations are free for everyone in Australia, including international students – 24/06/2021
The Australian Government is committed to ensuring everyone in Australia will have access to the vaccination when it’s their turn – this includes international students who are studying in Australia.
COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone in Australia regardless of Medicare or visa status.
Vaccination providers cannot charge students for the COVID-19 vaccine or your appointments to receive the vaccine. If students don’t have a Medicare card, or are not eligible for Medicare, they can get a free vaccination at:
- a Commonwealth Vaccination Clinic
- state or territory vaccination clinic.
The vaccine is voluntary, and everyone is encouraged to get a vaccine to help protect the community from COVID-19.
Find out when your students can have their COVID-19 vaccination
Use the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker to find out when and where they can receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
If students need more information, they should call the COVID-19 vaccine helpline on 1800 020 080 or for translating and interpreting services call 13 14 50.
Getting proof of COVID-19 vaccination without a Medicare card
Students that don’t have a Medicare card, or are not eligible for Medicare can get proof that have had their COVID-19 vaccination by:
- asking their vaccination provider to print a copy of their Immunisation History Statement
- calling the Australian Immunisation Register to have an Immunisation History Statement sent in the post. It can take up to 14 days to arrive.
Information to assist international students
To assist you in communicating this information to students, a number of translated resources are available on the Department of Health website.