Immunisation

Yarra Council offers regular immunisation sessions for the administration of all funded National Immunisation Program (NIP) vaccines.

Additional vaccines are available for purchase for those who do not meet the eligibility criteria for funded vaccines.

This free, drop-in service is available for all people aged from six weeks and older. All vaccines administered are recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

Immunisation schedule 2022

Immunisation schedule January - June 2022 (PDF 129 kB)

Immunisation schedule July - December 2022 (PDF 159 kB)

Please check our website prior to attending any clinics in the event there have been any last minute changes.

Our immunisation services include

  • Free National Immunisation Program vaccinations.
  • Private purchase of Meningococcal B vaccine, influenza, and chicken pox vaccine
  • School-aged immunisations for students in year 7 and 10.
  • An influenza vaccine program for all residents.
  • Annual corporate influenza vaccine program for companies within Yarra.
  • Advice and support for residents with vaccination-related enquiries.
  • Adult immunisations.

COVID-19 information

Updated - 3 June 2022

If you are attending one of our immunisation clinics please wear a mask while you are in the clinic area. 

Please do not attend a clinic if you or your child has symptoms, are feeling unwell or you or any of your family members are a close contact of a recent COVID case.

We regularly review clinic practices to ensure we keep our staff, clients and families safe and healthy. Some clinic venues or times may change, please check this page before you attend. 

The Yarra Council Immunisation Service is unable to provide the COVID vaccine to the community, however there are numerous other locations available. Find out more about COVID-19 vaccinations in Yarra, including locations to book.

Flu immunisations

The 2022 Influenza (flu) vaccine is available at our community clinics for all people aged 6 months and older. This includes the flu vaccine specifically for people aged 65 years and older. A pneumococcal vaccine (Prevenar 13) is also available for those aged 70 years.

For the last two years we have had little to no influenza in Australia. This was due to our border closures, restricted internal travel and lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Now that Australia has opened to interstate travel and overseas arrivals it is expected that we will have a resurgence of influenza.  Most people, especially children, will have minimal protection against the flu viruses when they arrive, therefore it is particularly important that everyone aged 6 months and older gets a flu vaccine this year. 

The 2022 flu vaccine protects against the four circulating influenza virus strains. It does not protect against COVID-19. Getting infected with both flu and COVID-19 at the same time (known as flurona) can result in serious illness. It is important to be vaccinated against both viruses. 

For people aged 65 years and older, we continue to provide the enhanced vaccine that is specifically designed to produce a higher immune response for this age group.

If you are booked to have or have received the COVID-19 vaccine, it is no longer necessary to have a gap between vaccines. Data shows that having influenza vaccines soon after or before a COVID-19 vaccine does not affect its effectiveness. 

Most people experience similar side effects to both vaccines, including redness or soreness at the injection site,  mild muscle aches, fever, fatigue and/or headache that may last for 2 to 3 days.

Influenza information and consent forms

Consent forms are also available at the clinic. Please complete one for each family members and bring them with you to the immunisation session. 

Visit the Better Health website for more information about the influenza vaccine and visit the State Government website for more information on the COVID-19 vaccine

Flu vaccines are available to some people for free, including:

  • Infants and children aged 6 months to less than 5 years;
  • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and older;
  • Adults aged 65 years and older;
  • People aged 6 months and older with certain medical conditions which increase the risk of influenza disease complications including severe asthma, lung or heart disease, lower immunity, diabetes, chronic neurological conditions, kidney disease.
  • Pregnant women at any time during their pregnancy. 

The cost of the flu vaccine is $18 per dose for anyone not eligible for publicly funded vaccine. We are accepting EFTPOS payments only.

If you have any questions or concerns please email us or call us on 9205 5555.

Child immunisation

Under the National Immunisation Program and School Immunisation Program, children aged from six weeks to 19 years are eligible to receive publicly funded vaccines as outlined on the immunisation schedule.   

"No jab no pay" policy

Due to the introduction of the "no jab no pay" policy, there is a free vaccine catch-up program for children up to 19 years of age who may have missed any childhood vaccinations.

For more information, go to the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services Health.

Vaccines available at cost

We administer the following vaccines to adults:

  • Bexsero (Meningococcal B) Vaccine: $120 per dose 
  • Boostrix or Adacel Vaccine (Diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough): $47 per dose (free for pregnant women and their partners from 20 weeks gestation). 
  • Chicken Pox Vaccine: $65 per dose (2 doses required for adults, 1 month apart) 
  • Flu vaccine: $18 per dose
  • Hepatitis B vaccine $25 per dose (3-dose course) 

The MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine is available to adults at zero cost for:

  • Women planning pregnancy
  • Women who have recently given birth but have low or negative rubella antibodies.
  • People born during or since 1966 who have not had two does of MMR vaccine.

Immunisation records

We hold records of vaccines administered by Yarra City Council. Records are not held for vaccinations given by other health providers. You can request your Yarra City Council Immunisation records.

Immunisation history statement

You can obtain a complete immunisation history statement from your myGov account or you can call Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) on 1800 653 809.

You can also visit a Medicare or Centrelink office.

Immunisation status certificate

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 AIR when your child has received their 4-year-old immunisation. It is mailed to your address that is registered with Medicare.

If you have any difficulties obtaining your child’s vaccine records from the Australian Immunisation Register please contact our  Immunisation Team.

What if my child was immunised overseas?

You will need to contact us as we will need to sight the immunisation record of your child.

We can advise you of any vaccines that your child may have missed.  

We will update your child's immunisation records on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) and email you (or your nominated childcare/school) the record once the history has been processed. 

Additional information

For more information call Yarra City Council on 03 9205 5555 or email us at [email protected]