Over the past month’s Australia has began rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine in phases with the end goal of making the vaccine available across the nation.
In recent times however it has appeared that are number of scams are out there.
The scams claim that for a payment, people are able to book an appointment and receive the vaccine as a priority.
As a company that deals with visas and international travellers, it is important for us to share the following information to ensure people understand that this is a scam and no payment is required for the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Australian Government has developed a COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan with the aim of having as many people vaccinated as possible in 2021.
As more vaccines become available, they will go to people in higher risk groups first.
The vaccine roll-out began in February 2021 for the first priority group. This group included quarantine and border workers, frontline health care workers and aged care and disability care staff and residents.
Who is Eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine
The Government has advised that COVID-19 vaccinations will be free for all Medicare-eligible Australians. It will also be free for all visa-holders, excluding visa sub-classes 771 (Transit), 600 (Tourist stream), 651 (eVisitor) and 601 (Electronic Travel Authority).
If you are an OVHC or OSHC policyholder, we advise you to contact your Health Insurance provider to discuss your circumstances.
For 771, 600, 651 and 601 visa holders, please seek information from the Department of Health website.
At modern Migration Australia we specialise in visa, citizenships and appeals. As industry experts we are able to assist with visa applications and many other areas so for any questions or further information, contact us at Modern Migration and we will gladly assist.