If the parent/carer provides an Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) Immunisation History Statement that shows the child is 'not up to date', and the parent states this is because the child has a medical reason they cannot receive one, some, or any vaccines:
Do not enrol this child until an acceptable AIR Immunisation History Statement is provided, unless the child is eligible to enrol under the grace period (see below).
Tell the parent/carer the way to obtain acceptable documentation is:
- take the child to a general practitioner (GP) for assessment
- the GP completes an AIR immunisation medical exemption form that shows which vaccinations the child should not receive, and the reason why
- the GP forwards this form to AIR.
The parent/carer will need to request the subsequently updated AIR Immunisation History Statement and provide it to your service.
The updated statement will show the child is ‘up to date’, list the vaccines the child cannot have, and indicate due dates of future vaccines for the child (if relevant).
To find an immunisation provider (this must be a GP for medical contraindication):
Immunisation medical exemptions are included in AIR Immunisation History Statements, and do not result in ‘not up to date’ statements. Advise the parent/carer how to obtain an up to date AIR statement, as above.
If the family is experiencing vulnerability or disadvantage
Consult the parent/carer to find out if they qualify for the 16-week grace period. If so, the child can commence at your service while your service takes reasonable steps to obtain the AIR statement from the parent/carer.
You should provide the parent/carer with information on how to obtain an AIR statement and/or necessary vaccinations.
Provide the appropriate resource or details of the relevant support service.
Reviewed 12 November 2021