Eligibility criteria for free vaccine
Eligibility criteria for NIP vaccines
The program offers free essential vaccines to eligible people including:
- infants and children
- pregnant women
- adults and seniors
- First Nation’s people
- people with certain medical conditions that puts them at greater risk of certain disease.
- people aged less than 20 years old
- refugees and humanitarian entrants of any age.
Eligibility criteria for Victorian Government funded vaccines
Free routine and catch-up vaccines are funded by the Victorian Government for the following people where clinically indicated:
- vulnerable citizens - a person who has experienced socioeconomic disadvantage that compromised their equitable access to the vaccine during their period of eligibility. Vulnerable citizens are vaccinated based on an individual assessment by an immunisation provider
- infants from six months and before 11 months of age can receive a dose of MMR vaccine prior to overseas travel
- one or two doses of MMR vaccine is available for all adults born during or since 1966 without evidence of receiving two documented doses of valid MMR vaccine or without serological evidence of immunity
- (Program to cease 30 June 2023) a dose of pertussis-containing vaccine (whooping cough) for:
- partners of women in the third trimester if the partner has not received the vaccine in the last 10 years
- parents/guardians of a baby under 6 months of age and if they have not received a pertussis booster in the last 10 years
- refer to NIP schedule for pertussis recommendations in pregnancy
- people at risk of hepatitis B infection as follows:
- all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people -- hepatitis B non-immune, no restrictions.
- household contacts and sexual partners of people living with hepatitis B
- people who inject drugs or are on opioid substitution therapy
- people living with Hepatitis C
- men who have sex with men
- people living with HIV
- people no longer in a custodial setting who commenced but did not complete a free vaccine course while in custody
- people born in priority hepatitis B endemic countries and arrived in Australia in the last 10 years. (Priority countries include China, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Thailand, South Korea, Myanmar (Burma) Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Cambodia)
- Australian volunteer wildlife handlers working in a volunteer service in Victoria for the initial course of pre exposure rabies vaccine
- post exposure treatment for rabies or Australian Bat Lyssavirus.
People 20 years and older
All other people from 20 years of age who do not meet the above criteria, can receive age appropriate vaccines for free under the and the Victorian funded vaccine program.
To note, HPV catch-up vaccination is available up to and including 25 years of age under the NIP.
Even though the vaccine may be free, the clinical administration of the vaccine/s may incur a fee by the vaccination provider.
Reviewed 26 July 2023