New MBS items to assess patients for COVID-19 vaccinations

5 March 2021

If you’re assessing patients for their suitability to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, use the new MBS items.

There are 16 new COVID-19 related MBS items available for GPs and medical practitioners to use.

The MBS items are for GPs and suitably qualified health professionals to assess a patient’s suitability to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

The COVID-19 vaccine suitability assessment service is free to patients and the MBS items must be bulk billed. Patients are expected to have a face-to-face assessment before they get the first and second doses of the vaccine.

The service can be billed to Medicare when:

  • your patient is assessed and receives the vaccine
  • your patient has been assessed but doesn’t receive the vaccine for clinical reasons
  • your patient has been assessed but doesn’t consent to the vaccine.

To provide a COVID-19 vaccine suitability assessment, the vaccine must be available immediately after the assessment in the same location. The supervising GP must be present at the location where the service is being undertaken.

Who’s eligible to receive the service

All people who are eligible for Medicare and over 18 are eligible for the service.

The phase 1B priority groups include:

  • people aged 70 or older
  • health care workers
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 55 or older
  • people with an underlying medical condition, including people with a disability
  • critical and high risk workers, including police, defence, fire, emergency services and meat processing.

The new MBS items are:

First dose of COVID-19 vaccine – business hours

First dose – after hours

Second dose of COVID-19 vaccine – business hours

Second dose – after hours

Next steps

View the fact sheet for more information.

If you’ve got a complex enquiry or need further information, you can use the AskMBS email service on the Department of Health website.

Page last updated: 7 April 2021