We call this a medical contraindication. This means you can’t have any of the COVID-19 vaccines.
Your doctor will need to update your record on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) to say you have a medical contraindication.
You can then use your statement or certificate as proof of your vaccination status, if it’s needed.
If you’re recovering from a severe illness, your medical contraindication may only be valid for a few months. In this case, your COVID-19 digital certificate will show a ‘valid to’ date.
After this time, you’ll need to either:
- check with your doctor to see if you can now get a COVID-19 vaccine
- ask your doctor to update your status on the AIR if your medical contraindication is still valid.
Check what some of the medical reasons are for getting an exemption from having a vaccine and who can provide this exemption.