Some people are at higher risk of vaccine-preventable diseases due to certain conditions, underlying disease, or other risk factors. Vaccines are funded under the National Immunisation Program and the Victorian Immunisation schedule for these special-risk groups.
- The provides free essential vaccines to protect eligible people against a range of diseases.
- Refugees and humanitarian entrants of any age are eligible for free NIP catch-up vaccines.
- Additional vaccines are recommended for people with medical risk factors and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- In Victoria some are eligible to receive some vaccines for free.
- Resources are available to support the development of plan for eligible people.
Some people who have experienced socioeconomic disadvantage may not have equitable access to vaccines during their period of eligibility. Vulnerable citizens are vaccinated based on an individual assessment by an immunisation provider.
Children and adolescents in out-of-home care
Children and adolescents living in out-of-home care are often behind with their immunisations.
- Carers can give a general practitioner (GP) permission to give vaccines to a child in their care, if they have a child-specific instrument of authorisation or standard authorisation issued by the child’s Community Service Organisation or Child Protection.
- may be used if the Immunisation Provider deems an adolescent can provide their own valid consent for vaccination.
- , a child must have an immunisation history statement showing which immunisations they have received.
- may stop if a child is not up to date with vaccinations.
- Talk about immunisation at the child’s health check with a GP.
People with medical risk conditions
Additional vaccines are recommended for people with certain medical conditions.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Specified additional vaccines are recommended at certain ages.
Refugees and asylum seekers
Specified vaccines are funded for all ages, regardless of whether the person holds a Medicare card.
Reviewed 25 October 2023