You do not need to record the vaccination status of attendees to your church service – you only need to view it and confirm the proof so they can enter your church premises.
The quickest and easiest way to check vaccination status is via the Service Victoria app when patrons check-in using the Victorian Government QR code. However, there are other ways that you can check the vaccination status, if they don’t have access to a smart device or are under 16 years of age.
- COVID-19 digital certificate using the Service Victoria app
- COVID-19 digital certificate in a smart phone wallet
- Printed copy of COVID-19 digital certificate or immunisation history statement
- Australian Immunisation Register certificate
- Medical certificate or a letter from an authorised medical practitioner.
Please refer to the governement website for FAQ regarding checking vaccination status.
How to add your COVID-19 Digital Certificate to the Service Victoria App Before you start, make sure that you have installed the latest version of the Service Victoria app via App store or Google Play store. To add your COVID-19 digital certificate to the Service Victoria app, click on one of the methods below. The easiest way is through the Express Plus Medicare App.
- Express Plus Medicare app OR
- Medicare online account via MyGov OR
- Individual Healthcare Identifier (IHI)
Please note that there has been a rise in scams relating to COVID-19 vaccinations (including linking the digital certificate) that may attempt to gain your personal information and lead to financial loss. Click here for useful information on how to avoid scam and to protect your personal information.
Click here to see our Vaccination Certificate FAQ and troubleshooting
People who are considered fully vaccinated
You are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the purposes of attending a venue if:
- you have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, or
- you have a valid medical exemption to COVID-19 vaccination issued by an authorised medical practitioner, or
- you are aged under 16.
If you can show evidence of any of the above, you can enter a venue as if you are fully vaccinated.
Summary of Vaccination status applicable to children and youth
Under 12 months old: Babies under 12 months old are not eligible to be vaccinated and are not counted towards any density quotient or cap on attendees.
1-11 years old: Children under 12 years old are not eligible to be vaccinated. They are not required to show vaccination status. They should be counted towards the cap of vaccinated people.
12-15 years old: Children 12 years old and above are eligible to be vaccinated. They are not required to show vaccination status. They should be counted towards the cap of vaccinated people.
16 years old and above: Teenagers 16 years old and above are eligible to be vaccinated. They are required to show vaccination status. They should be counted according to their actual vaccination status, just like adults.
Baptist Insurance Services: Advice for churches hiring their building to a third party
For any third party hiring your building, it is important to obtain a copy of the their Public Liability Certificate of Currency to ensure they have cover. Should there be a COVID-19 outbreak due to the hiring party’s negligence, the hiring party could be sued by the person/s who contract the virus. It also provides an additional protection layer for the church.
Baptist Insurance Services highly recommend that the church obtains a copy of the hiring party’s COVID-19 Safe plan. This would include the protocols/processes they will have in place to mitigate the spread and contraction of the virus. If they don’t have a plan, then they recommend you don’t allow them to hire your hall. In addition to a COVID-19 Safe Plan, it is recommended that the church obtains assurance from the hiring party in writing that they will adhere to relevant State Government regulations around those who are vaccinated/unvaccinated attending their activity/event.
It is also the church’s responsibility to ensure they activate their COVID-19 Safe Plan to prepare the hall for any hirers and then deep clean after they leave their premises. We do have information on this on our website: https://www.baptistinsurance.com.au/Baptist-Insurance-News – COVID Safe Plan for Church Premises
Essentially the church’s Public Liability insurer would look to provide cover if someone sues the church, as long as the church is doing all it is required to do to mitigate any risk of person/s contracting COVID-19 as well as adhering to all relevant government regulations.
Free Infection Control Training
Free, short, accredited training is available to help staff identify and manage the ongoing risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in the workplace. will help businesses prepare to safely reopen and ensure their customers and workforce are protected.
6 Principles to a COVIDSafe workplace
You must regularly review your COVIDSafe Plan to ensure it is up to date and aligns with the latest advice. You don’t need to rewrite your COVIDSafe Plan in the revised template, however you should review your current plan against the updated guidelines and ensure it covers off the requirements under the .
E-Safety Commissioner Tips for young people and their parents / carers
29 Ways to Do Ministry when Church is Cancelled
Coronavirus, children, anxiety and the church (BuildingFaith)
Explaining coronavirus to kids and the science of soap
Talking to kids about coronavirus
Lost Sheep resources
Free Easter Books for Children
Emergency relief support for people on temporary visas
Important JobKeeper Information 5th May 2020
Join our Treasurers and Secretary Facebook Page
JobKeeper payment rules and details – A guide for churches (as at 16/4/20)
Four Ways to Simplify Your Church Finances
Church Finance Advice – Updated 7 April
Government assistance to churches during Covid-19
Baptist Financial Services COVID-19 Advice: Electronic giving, reduced rates
7 ideas for church financial leaders amid the covid-19 pandemic
Saward Dawson report on all State and Federal Stimulus packages
Leading Teams Through Tough Times
NCLS 5 clues to connect
A Call to Persevere – Building Pastoral Resilience in a Crisis
Leadership Questions for Now and Then
Lewis Holdway legal advice on holding church meetings during COVID-19
CMAA Covid-19 resources
20 Practical ways to be missional in COVID-19 – Blessed to be a blessing
Community Portrait – what is a community portrait and how to start on
10 tips for Leading During a Time of Crisis by Karl Faase, Olive Tree Media
Tips on how to stay safe online during the COVID-19 pandemic
3 ways to use social media missionally
Go Old School, Go New School, Go All Out
Pastorally Caring for the Vulnerable Community
Template for Lay Leaders Making Care Calls
Managing disruption caused by COVID-19
100 ideas for ministers and ministry leaders
Responding Pastorally to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Preparing for Potential Church Closure FAQs
Coronavirus and Church Planning Template
Ten Tips to support someone struggling with their Mental Health
Mental Health and Pastoral Care Resources
Vic Gov Mental Health Resources
10 Tips for Coping with Infectious Diseases
Don’t give up (5 week series) by Kyle Idleman
BUV Resilience Resources – a call to persevere
The Sanctuary Course
Online well-being resources
Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak
10 psychological tips for coping with infectious diseases
How to Protect Your Mental Health
HeadtoHealth COVID-19 Support
List of Community Care organisations / Counselling services within the BUV:
Karinya Counselling Centres
Millpark Community Care
Wellington Care Centre
There are several ways for your church to pre-record or livestream your church service. Here are some useful resources for your reference:Captioning Service
From Zero to Go – Essendon Baptist Church
How to make the best video of yourself when you have no gear
How to live stream your church service
Basic Live Streaming For Churches
Crossover Church Online Advice
CCLI Church Streaming Licence
How to Launch Your Church Online Quickly
Connecting your Church during COVID-19
Online Baptist church service details
Free COVID-19 Graphics
Crossover Outreach Resources
If You Are Self-isolating, I Can Help
Child Safe Standards
Reportable Conduct Scheme
– (as from 17/02/2020 includes pastors, deacons and elders)
Working With Children Check
– for all leaders and volunteers over 18
– for relevant leaders over 18
Sample Staff and Volunteer Pack
– Thanks for Wonthaggi Baptist Church for sharing this sample document. It is provided as a resource for you to create your own church’s documentation, but should not be seen as a prescriptive template.
Sample Digital Communication Policy
– Thanks to NewHope Baptist Church for sharing this document.