What you need to know

Immunisation

We provide a free childhood immunisation program administered by fully accredited and experienced nursing staff.

Important

Before booking in for Influenza vaccinations, please be aware of current recommendations from the Australian Technical Advisory Group Immunisation (ATAGI) on COVID 19 and Influenza vaccines.

  • Routine scheduling and co-administration of an influenza vaccine with a COVID-19 vaccine on the same day is not recommended.
  • The preferred minimum interval between a dose of seasonal influenza vaccine and a dose of Comirnaty (Pfizer) or COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca is 14 days.

The influenza vaccine is now available to book for the funded groups only through the usual booking system listed.

*At present paid vaccinations are not offered through council sessions.

Immunisation

Our immunisation service runs in line with the National Immunisation Program Schedule and includes:

  • A childhood immunisation program operating monthly with morning, afternoon and evening sessions available. Due to COVID-19 and until further notice all sessions are now booked appointment times. Please book via the available sessions listed.
  • A school immunisation program, attending all secondary schools within the municipality, three visits per year.
    • Year 7 Gardasil 9 HPV - Human papillomavirus (2 dose course)
      Boosterix Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis
    • Year 10 Nimenrix – Meningococcal ACWY
  • Immunisations to enrol at kindergarten or child care.

Changes to upcoming sessions

  • Please do not attend a session if you have visited any of the listed exposure sites
  • Face coverings to be worn when attending immunisation sessions

The service will resume in February 2021 which will operate through the booking system below.

Please note there may be further changes to our schedule. You can stay up to date via this webpage. We apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Immunisation session information

Our sessions will be operating with some additional community COVID safe measures to ensure the safety of those attending and the continued operation of our service.

  • It is requested only one parent/guardian accompany the child being immunised into the session.
  • Please do not attend the session if you or your child are unwell and have symptoms of a respiratory infection (such as fever, a sore throat, a runny nose, shortness of breath or a cough) or have returned from overseas in the past 14 days.
  • Social distancing requirements of 1.5 metres should be followed at all times.
  • Please use the hand sanitiser provided at the session before entering.

To help Council to manage the number of people attending immunisation sessions and to keep track of stock requirements we ask everyone to please book into one of the sessions listed.

Please note: If you are new to the country and have an overseas immunisation history, please forward a translated copy with your child’s full contact details to: immunisation@mvcc.vic.gov.au. When you have received confirmation by return email the history has been updated, you can then register for a session. Thank you.

Influenza Program - Who is eligible free under the National Immunisation Program?

The influenza vaccine is now available to book for the funded groups only through the usual booking system listed.

  • Children aged six months to less than five years
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged six months and older
  • Pregnant women (at any stage of pregnancy)
  • People aged 65 years and older
  • People aged six months and older with medical conditions, putting them at increased risk of severe influenza and its complications.

Note: Children listed under the above categories, aged under 9 having the vaccine for the first time require 2 doses at least 4 weeks apart. All other age groups require a single dose only.

Note:

  • A child must be six weeks old to have their first scheduled immunisation.
  • A child must be 12 months to the day or over for their 12 month scheduled vaccination.
  • A child must be 4 years to the day or over for the 4 year scheduled vaccination.
  • At the end of your session, you and your child will need to wait 15 minutes before leaving in case of a severe reaction (they are rare but tend to happen within a few minutes if they occur). During this time, if you are concerned about your child’s condition return to the nurse immediately.
  • Sessions may be cancelled for Occupational Health and Safety reasons in adverse weather conditions (e.g. heatwaves). Call 9243 8888 for more information or see our community safety page for information on heatwaves.
  • From 1 January 2016, your child must be up-to-date with their immunisations to enrol at kindergarten or child care. For more information go to No Jab, No Play.

More information

For more information on vaccinations check the immunisation fact sheets or call 9243 8888 or email immunisation@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Nurse on Call 24-hour Helpline: 1300 606 024 (Victorian Government)