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My Health Record and underlying medical conditions

Using My Health Record to show your underlying health condition

The information stored in your record can be used to demonstrate eligibility for a COVID-19 vaccination in Phase 1B. Ask your doctor to upload a shared health summary if any information is missing. 

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COVID-19 vaccinations are being rolled out in a phased approach

You can use the information in your My Health Record to prove you have a specified health condition which may make you eligible for an earlier COVID-19 vaccination. 

Please check with your vaccination provider what documents from your record they will want to see.

There are two places to look for this information in your record:

1. Medicines information

This information is gathered from:

  • your most recent prescription and dispense records
  • your most recent shared health summary and discharge summary
  • any recent event summaries, specialist letters or e-referral notes

You can find the medicines information from the Documents dropdown list in My Health Record. 


2. Shared health summary

As of March 2021, nearly six million shared health summary documents have been uploaded to My Health Record. The documents provide information about your medical history uploaded by your doctor. It can include: 

  • your medical conditions
  • medicines
  • allergies and adverse reactions
  • immunisations

You can find shared health summaries by going to the 'Documents' dropdown list in My Health Record and selecting 'Clinical Records'.

If there is no shared health summary ask your doctor to upload one. You can then show it to the vaccine provider, or print it and take with you to your appointment.

Need help accessing or viewing your health information?

 

COVID-19 vaccination eligibility - Phase 1B

You may be eligible for a vaccination sooner if you fall into one of these categories:

  • healthcare workers who haven't been vaccinated in Phase 1A
  • critical and high risk workers
  • people over 70
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over 55
  • anyone over 18 with a specific underlying medical condition including a disability

Use the Vaccine Eligibility Checker to see if you can book a COVID-19 vaccination yet. You can do this for yourself or another person.

Which underlying medical conditions are specified?

You should always check the Department of Health's latest information on specified medical conditions.

These may include:

Immunocompromising conditions

  • Solid organ transplant recipients who are on immune suppressive therapy
  • Adult survivors of childhood cancers
  • Bone marrow transplant recipients or those on chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapy or those on immune suppressive therapy for graft versus host disease
  • Haematological diseases or cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma
  • Non-haematological cancer
  • Chronic inflammatory conditions on medical treatments
  • Primary or acquired immunodeficiency
  • Those with severe mental health conditions including schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder

Other underlying conditions

  • Chronic renal (kidney) failure
  • Heart disease
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Diabetes
  • Severe obesity with a BMI ≥ 40kg/m2
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Some neurological conditions
  • Poorly controlled blood pressure (defined as two or more pharmacologic agents for blood pressure control, regardless of recent readings)
  • Those with Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, traumatic brain and spinal cord injury

Vaccination information reported to the Australian Immunisation Register is uploaded automatically to My Health Record.

Your record now also displays a consolidated immunisation view, so you can see details of all immunisations, including your first COVID-19 vaccination received, and next vaccination due date (if required).

 

Find out how to access My Health Record through myGov or view your information using an app