Update: Darebin City Council Immunisation Program during Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Last updated: 10/04/2021
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak some of Council’s immunisation sessions have been moved to alternate locations.
Please find the Immunisation Program schedule for April and May 2021 in the table below.
Social distancing and infection control guidelines will be strongly adhered to at immunisation sessions.
When attending immunisation sessions:
- Both parents may attend, subject to venue capacity restrictions
- A mask must be worn
- Scan QR code upon entry (or fill in the Venue Register provided if you cannot scan the QR code)
- Take a Ticket
- Wash your hands or use the hand sanitiser provided at our venue
We recommend that you bring your pram with you as there is plenty of space and ramp access at the Council Halls.
If you are feeling unwell or are awaiting COVID-19 test results (or are in contact with someone who is awaiting test results) you must not attend.
We do not take bookings for any of the sessions listed below. These are drop in only.
Bring your Medicare Card (if you have one), Child Health Record Book or any other immunisation history documents with you when you attend.
You do not need a Medicare Card to receive free immunisations.
Please note that photography and video photography is not permitted at Immunisation sessions.
Open Sessions (no appointment needed) are held at the Preston City Hall/Shire Hall on the dates listed in the tables below:
Childhood vaccines, secondary school vaccines and adult immunisations including flu are available at all sessions.
PRESTON CITY HALL/SHIRE HALL
284-286 Gower Street, Preston
||5-7.30pm (FLU ONLY)
||9.30-11am (FLU ONLY)
||9.30-11am (FLU ONLY)
Appointment clinics are currently available at the following venues. Please telephone 8470 8562 to make a booking.
|Fairfield Maternal Child Health Centre (morning and evening)
|84 Arthur Street
|Darebin North East Community Hub
||35 Copernicus Crescent
2021 seasonal influenza (flu) vaccines Stock Availability
Prior to attending any session please check the table below to confirm we have vaccines available.
|Children 6 months to < 5 years of age
|Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
|Pregnant women during any stage of pregnancy
|People over 65 years of age
|People from 5 years up to <65 years (Fee paying/$20 per person)
Prior to attending an immunisation session and to save you time when you visit, you can print your 2021 Influenza Consent Form and bring it to the session with you. Children 6 months to 4 years of age are government funded for the Influenza vaccine and they do not need to fill in an Influenza Consent form.
Children under 5 do not need to complete a flu form. Please bring their Maternal & Child Health Record book with you. Children under 9 years of age being immunised against flu for the first time should receive 2 doses in this season - spaced at least 4 weeks apart.
Payments: EFTPOS facilities are available at all sessions.
When planning overseas travel additional vaccines may be recommended depending on the country you are visiting. It is recommended to consult with a travel doctor 6-8 weeks prior to departure.
The following link provides a list of travel clinics registered to administer the BCG (Tuberculosis) vaccine. A GP is not able to administer the BCG vaccine.
BCG Travel Clinics June 2020
Measles remains a common illness in many destinations popular with Australian travellers.
Measles is highly contagious. 2 doses of measles vaccine can give you lifelong protection. The Government funds 2 doses of measles containing vaccine for all persons born since 1966 including women with low or negative rubella antibody levels.
Infants travelling overseas can have a free MMR vaccine from 6 months up to 11 months via their GP or travel clinic. The scheduled 12 and 18 months MMR containing vaccines are still required.
If you're unsure of your vaccination record, it's safe to have another dose.
For more information visit: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/measles
Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine
Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine is administered to children at 12 months of age on the National Immunisation Program.
The Meningococcal ACWY vaccine can be administered earlier to babies and children from 6 weeks of age. The scheduled 12 month Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine is Government funded.
The vaccine cost for Meningococcal ACWY is $70 per dose. You do not require a script from your GP.
Meningococcal B Vaccine
Meningococcal B vaccine (Bexsero) is available to purchase from 6 weeks of age (commencing 1 July 2020)*. Children under 4 are recommended to receive paracetamol with every dose of Meningococcal B. This is because of the increased risk of fever associated with receiving Meningococcal B.
- Give the first dose of paracetamol within 30 minutes before, or as soon as practicable after receiving the vaccine.
- This is followed by 2 more doses of paracetamol given 4-6 hours apart, regardless of whether the child has a fever.
It is important that parents buy paracetamol prior to receiving the Meningococcal B immunisation.
The vaccine cost for Meningococcal B is $130 per dose*. You DO NOT require a script from your GP. We have the vaccine available to purchase at all sessions.
* The Meningococcal B vaccine is funded for Aborignal and Torres Strait Islander children aged under 2 years.
No Jab, No Play
From 1 January 2016, all parents/guardians seeking to enrol their child at an early childhood service in Victoria must provide evidence that their child is:
- fully immunised for their age; or
- on a vaccination catch-up program; or
- unable to be fully immunised for medical reasons.
The No Jab, No Play legislation will apply to all early childhood education and care services in Victoria that provide long day care, kindergarten, occasional care and family day care.
From 1 January 2016 only parents of children (less than 20 years of age) who are:
- fully immunised; or
- on a recognised catch-up schedule
can receive the Child Care Benefit, the Child Care Rebate and the Family Tax Benefit Part A end of year supplement.
For more early years information see our dedicated Maternal and Child Health page.
Immunisation Status Certificates
From 28 February 2018, an Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) will be the only documentation accepted by early childhood education and care services (long day care, kindergarten - 3 & 4 year old) for the purposes of confirming a child's enrolment in their service. Documents produced by GPs or other immunisation providers (including Council) will no longer be acceptable as proof of immunisation.
Please telephone 1800 653 809 for an Immunisation History Statement or login to your www.my.gov.au account to download your statement.
Overseas Immunisation Records
If your child was immunised overseas please contact our office on 8470 8562 prior to attending an immunisation session. We can review your child's history, update the Australian Immunisation Register and recommend catch up immunisation if required. If your child is under 20 years of age and requires catch up immunisation, they are provided free.
Secondary School Immunisations
YEAR 7 IMMUNISATIONS
Darebin Immunisation Service will be visiting Year 7 students during term 1 and 2 in 2021.
There are 2 Goverment funded vaccines:
- HPV Gardasil (2 dose course given 6 months apart)
- DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough) booster.
YEAR 10 IMMUNISATION
Darebin Immunisation Service will be visiting Year 10 students in term 2 and 3 in 2021.
There is 1 Government funded vaccine:
OVERDUE SECONDARY SCHOOL VACCINES - 2020 SCHOOL YEAR
Students who have not completed their year 7 or year 10 vaccines in 2020 can attend any Darebin Council session to catch up.
Your child's information will be on our system when you attend. Session times and dates are available as listed above.
Council also offers adult immunisations according to the National Immunisation Program.
For more information regarding adult immunisations visit the Better Health Channel to check your immunisation Halo.
The service visits workplaces to provide staff with flu and other vaccines specific to your workplace.
The benefits of offering workplace immunisations to your employees are:
- Reduction of absenteeism in your business
- Increased safety in the workplace – illness can slow reaction times by 20-40%
- Compliance with Occupational Health & Safety Regulations
- Protection against vaccine preventable diseases and unnecessary outbreaks
- Increased staff morale by taking an interest in employee health and wellbeing
To discuss a workplace visit, contact Lynne Ryan on 0419 765 230 or email email@example.com.
You can read our Fighting Flu in the Workplace 2021
Historical Immunisation Records
Your child's immunisation records may be available on the Australian Immunisation Register. Create a profile or login to your existing profile at www.my.gov.au or download the Express Plus Medicare Mobile App. or telephone 1800 653 809.
Council also keeps hard copy records for residents born prior to 1996.
Before we can provide you with your immunisation history, an Application Form for Accessing Immunisation Records must be completed.
When returning the form please also attach either a Drivers Licence or other photo identification.
There is no fee associated with retrieval of immunisation records.
Please email your Application Form for Accessing Immunisation Records to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, date of birth and contact telephone number. Retrieval of records from archives takes 5 working days. We will contact you once your records become available. We will email or mail a copy of your immunisation records. Records are held for 25 years only.
Phone: (03) 8470 8562
Fax: (03) 9261 4883
Darebin has an Immunisation Nurse on call for immunisation related medical enquiries only.
Monday - Friday
9am - 5pm
Phone: 0419 765 230
Immunise Australia Program
Immunisation Fact Sheets in Your Language
Victorian Government Health Information
Better Health Channel