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Public immunisation sessions

Council conducts appointment-only immunisation sessions for the public in line with the National Immunisation Program. This is a free session available to a range of people including:
• Babies, toddlers and young children
• Secondary school students
• Individuals under 20 years of age who require catch-up immunisations
• Pregnant women
• Medically at risk and other vulnerable people.

*Note: Council does not offer COVID Vaccination. See information below related to accessing COVID Vaccination.

Book your immunisation session

Make a booking at our public immunisation sessions here

Immunisation timetable for 2024

Find your closest day immunisation session or night immunisation session by typing your address into our interactive map.

Immunisation visit

Before coming to a session, it’s important to know:

  • Please bring your child’s health record (green book) and any documented evidence of previous vaccinations given.
  • When being immunised please wear comfortable and loose fitting clothing to the session.
  • The nurse will discuss any possible reactions and address any concerns you have before you are administered any vaccines.
  • After immunisation, please stay in the venue for 15 minutes in case you have a reaction to the vaccine (this is very rare). A list of side effects can be found here 

Immunisation age and vaccine

For information on the vaccines available at different ages, please visit our Immunsation age and vaccine page

COVID vaccine and Flu vaccine

A COVID-19 vaccine can be given on the same day, one after the other, with a flu vaccine. 

There is no requirement for a time interval between these vaccines.

Council does not offer COVID Vaccinations.  To find out where you can access COVID vaccines please visit Health Direct for locations.

No Jab No Play

If your child is attending childcare or kindergarten, you will need to provide proof that your child is up to date with their immunisations.

Your childcare service provider will ask you for an Immunisation History Statement for your child when you enrol, and again six to seven months later. 

If you do not provide an Immunisation History Statement, you child may not be able to attend childcare or kindergarten.

Find out more about No Jab No Play

No Jab No Pay

Your Commonwealth Family Tax Benefit Part A or the Childcare Rebate may be reduced if:

  • Your child has not received all immunisations required for their age; or
  • Your child’s immunisations are not correctly recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register.

If your child requires immunisations, you should contact us or your GP to arrange them as soon as possible. 

If you believe your child’s details on the Australian Immunisation Register are incorrect, you can contact your immunisation service provider.

Catch-up immunisation

Free catch-up vaccinations are available for people under the age of 20, refugees and people seeking asylum.

Catch-up immunisations may be required for a number of reasons, including:

  • To meet Australian vaccination requirements.
  • Your child was overseas or on holiday and missed the vaccinations that were due.
  • Your family recently migrated to Australia.
  • Your child had a medical condition preventing immunisation when immunisations were due.
  • You have been contacted by Council, Centrelink or the Australian Immunisation Register to let you know your child is not up to date.

If you or your child requires catch up information, please contact Council’s immunisation service on:

Call:   9217 2170

Email:  immunisation@whittlesea.vic.gov.au

Already up to date with your vaccinations? You can also help keep our community healthy by telling your friends and family about this service.

Further information in English or other languages

Other immunisation services

From March 2024 the following vaccines will also be available at our Community Immunisation sessions. Payment is required for vaccinations, pay online at the time of booking via VaxApp booking system​.

Are these vaccine​s covered my Private Health Fund? 

In some circumstances, your private healthcare may cover the cost of paid vaccination not covered under the National Immunisation Program. This will depend on the kind of cover you have in your policy.

Contact your Private Health Provider to find out if these vaccinations are included as part of your cover. 

 

Influenza 2024

$22 per dose, or free for: 

  • all children from 6 months and under 5 years old.
  • people 5 years and over, with medical risk factor
  • pregnant women
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of all ages.

Available from end of March 2024, until supply is exhausted.

Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for any person 6 months and older who wants to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill with influenza.

Boostrix (diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough)

$50 per dose, or free for pregnant women.

Ideal for all adults over 20 and grandparents and carers looking after children.

Chickenpox

$63 per dose, or free for children at 18 months old.

Two doses of chickenpox vaccinations are recommended to provide increased protection and minimises the chance of breakthrough disease.

  • One dose is funded and given at 18 months as a measles, mumps, rubella varicella (chickenpox) vaccine. 
  • A second dose can be given before or after the 18 month immunisations as long as there is a minimum interval of four weeks. 
  • A second dose can be given at any age over 12 months.

Meningococcal ACWY

$90 per dose, or free for children at 12 months old.

  • Recommended for anyone 12 months and over who has not received the four strain meningococcal vaccine. 
  • Prior to July 2018 only the C strain vaccine was offered at 12 months of age. 
  • Meningococcal ACWY is also administered for free in year 10 at school.

Meningococcal B (Bexsero)

Bexsero $130 per dose

  • Bexsero will be free for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children up to 2 years of age.
  • Depending on age of your child they will need to have between 2 to 4 doses.
  • Bexsero can be given from 6 weeks of age.
  • Meningococcal is strongly recommended for all children under 2 years of age.
  • Bexsero can be given at the same time as routine immunisations or given separately.

Please contact us if you would like more information.

​Travel vaccines

The City of Whittlesea does not provide travel vaccines. If you are travelling outside of Australia, please visit your GP at least one month prior to travel to get advice on vaccination for you and your children. 

You can find more information at the Better Health Channel website or the Smart Traveller website.