Update: Darebin City Council Immunisation Program during Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Last updated: 09/01/2021
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 January 2021 in the table below.
Social distancing and infection control guidelines will be strongly adhered to at immunisation sessions. Only one parent can accompany a child receiving immunisation. You can bring your pram with you as there is plenty of space and ramp access at the Council Halls.
If you are feeling unwell, have travelled or have come into contact with someone who has travelled internationally within the last two weeks or who is known to have contracted COVID-19 you must not attend.
The Victorian Chief Health Officer has stated that immunisation is an essential service that should be maintained.
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 following venues on the dates listed in the table 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
NORTHCOTE FAMILY CENTRE
185 High Street, Northcote
Please note that the Northcote Family Centre session for January has been cancelled due to rain damage to the building.
Appointment clinics are currently available at the following venues. Please telephone 8470 8562 to make a booking.
**Please note that the Darebin North East Hub Clinic is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
|Fairfield Maternal Child Health Centre (morning and evening)
|84 Arthur Street
2020 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 2020 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.
As at 3 December 2019, 48 people in Victoria have been diagnosed with measles, usually after returning from an overseas holiday. 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
From 1 July 2018 the Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine will be administered to children at 12 months of age on the National Immunisation Program.
Darebin Immunisation Service can now administer the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine to babies and children from 6 weeks of age. The scheduled 12 month Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine is still required.
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 can be 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.
* 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.
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 has now completed all secondary school visits for 2020.
If your child has not yet commenced the first doses then they are recommended to attend any Darebin Council drop in session as per the following link. No bookings are required and your child's information will be on our system when you attend. Session times and dates are available at the following link:
YEAR 10 IMMUNISATION
Year 10 Students are recommended to receive the Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine in 2020. School visits for 2020 have now completed however you can bring your child along to receive the vaccine at any of Darebin Council's drop in sessions if they have not already received the vaccine. No bookings are required and your child's information will be on our system when you attend. Session times and dates are available at the following link:
COVID-19 – Department of Health and Human Services Advice for Parents of Secondary School Students
The Victorian Chief Health Officer has advised that the delivery of the secondary school immunisation program is an essential medical service and your child should still receive the required vaccines on time.
The Darebin Council Immunisation team will be screening, social distancing and implementing hygiene practices including the use of appropriate PPE in accordance with Department of Health and Human Services advice.
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 2020
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