COVID-19 Public Health Response (COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate) Order 2021

6 Director-General may grant COVID-19 vaccination exemption

(1)

A suitably qualified medical practitioner or nurse practitioner (an applicant) may apply to the Director-General for a COVID-19 vaccination exemption on behalf of a person specified in the application who is not vaccinated against COVID-19.

(2)

An application must be made in the form required by the Director-General and may be made only on the ground that the person on whose behalf the application is made (the person) meets the specified COVID-19 vaccination exemption criteria.

(3)

The person must—

(a)

certify that the information that they have provided to the applicant for the purposes of making the application is accurate; and

(b)

sign the application.

(4)

An application must be accompanied by a certificate signed by the applicant certifying that they—

(a)

have reviewed the person’s medical history and assessed the person’s state of health; and

(b)

have reasonable grounds for believing that the person meets the specified COVID-19 vaccination exemption criteria.

(5)

The applicant must state their grounds for believing that the person meets the specified COVID-19 vaccination exemption criteria.

(6)

On receiving an application, the Director-General may ask the applicant or person to provide any evidence or further information that the Director-General reasonably requires for the purposes of deciding whether to grant the application.

(7)

The Director-General may grant the application if the Director-General is satisfied, on the basis of the evidence or other information provided, that the person meets the specified COVID-19 vaccination exemption criteria.

(8)

A COVID-19 vaccination exemption is valid for the period that the Director-General determines, which must be no longer than 6 months.

(9)

The Director-General must notify the applicant and the person of the outcome of the application.

(10)

If the application is granted, the Director-General must—

(a)

enter the COVID-19 vaccination exemption in the COVID-19 vaccination record of the person; and

(b)

provide a copy of the COVID-19 vaccination exemption in written or electronic form to the applicant and person that states the date on which the exemption expires.

(11)

At any time before or after a COVID-19 vaccination exemption expires, a new application for a further exemption may be made under this clause by any medical practitioner or nurse practitioner on behalf of the person in respect of whom an exemption was granted.