Immunisation

Council holds regular immunisation sessions at different places around the municipality. 

Our immunisation service provides:

  • Free immunisation of all National Immunisation Program vaccines
  • School-aged immunisations for students in year 7
  • School entry certificates
  • Annual corporate flu program for companies within Yarra
  • Advice and support for residents with vaccination-related enquiries
  • Adult immunisations

Please find below more information on child and adult immunisation:

Child immunisation

Children are eligible for free vaccines, provided they have a Medicare card or are eligible for a Medicare card, and are Australian citizens, have permanent Australian visas or are asylum seekers or refugees. In 2016 because of the introduction of the ‘no jab no play’ policy there is a free vaccine catch-up program for children up to the age of 19 who may have missed any childhood vaccinations. For more information please contact the council's health protection unit on 9205 5166 or email compliance@yarracity.vic.gov.au

Vaccines available at cost

Council can administer the below vaccines to adults at the following costs:

  • Chicken pox vaccine for $65 per dose 
  • Boostrix vaccine (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis or whooping cough) for $40 or free for pregnant women and their partners from 28 weeks gestation
  • Flu vaccine is available for $15 (available from March to September and free for some groups)
  • Hepatitis B vaccine is available for $35 per dose (three-dose course).

There is no cost for some adults to have the following vaccines: 

  • ADT (adult diphtheria, tetanus). A free booster dose is available for adults aged between 50 and 59 years 
  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella). Free doses are available for women planning pregnancy and for women who have recently given birth but have low or negative rubella antibodies.
  • Flu vaccine is free for anyone aged six months or older who has a condition that predisposes them to serious illness, Aboriginal people aged between six months and five years old, and aged 15 years or older, pregnant women and anyone aged 65 years or older.

All of the above vaccines can be administered at Council's Immunisation SessionsBookings are not required and Eftpos facilities are available.

Immunisation certificates

We hold records of vaccines administered by the City of Yarra only. Records are not held for vaccinations given by other health providers. Immunisation records for all children under 20 years of age are available by contacting the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) on 1800 653 809 or acir@medicare australia.gov.au. You can also visit a Medicare or Centrelinkoffice.

A school entry immunisation status certificate is an up-to-date record of your child's immunisations. It is a legal requirement to provide this on enrolment in primary school in Victoria. In most cases you will receive this certificate automatically from ACIR when your child has received their four-year-old immunisation. It is mailed to your address that is registered with Medicare.

What if your child has been immunised overseas?

Contact the council, we will need to sight the immunisation record of your child. We can then print you a certificate and advise you of any vaccines that your child may have missed.

More resources

Better Health Channel website 
Immunehero.health.vic.gov.au
My.gov.au

 


Further information

Health Protection Unit
9205 5166
compliance@yarracity.vic.gov.au

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