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In this issue:

  • What’s new? Free meningococcal B (Bexsero®) vaccine for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infants and children
  • What’s new? Free Pneumococcal (Prevenar 13® and Pneumovax 23®) vaccines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from 50 years of age
  • What’s new? Pneumococcal (Prevenar 13) vaccine for older non-Indigenous adults from 70 years
  • What’s new? Updated National Immunisation Program eligibility criteria for risk conditions
  • Updated resources to assist the new National Immunisation Program schedule changes from 1 July 2020
  • From July 2020 - first release of the National Immunisation Catch-up Calculator (NICC)
  • Links to further information

What’s new? Free meningococcal B (Bexsero®) vaccine for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infants and children

Indigenous infants receive Bexsero at 2 (from 6 weeks), 4 and 12 months of age.
Indigenous children aged less than 2 years should receive catch-up Bexsero. Catch-up is for a 3-year period until 30 June 2023. The number of catch-up doses required depends on the age of commencement.

Paracetamol must be administered for Bexsero – ensure parents/carers are prepared!
Bexsero is the only vaccination that requires paracetamol use before vaccination because of the common side effect of fever following this vaccine. All children aged less than 2 years should receive a dose of paracetamol 30 minutes prior to the Bexsero dose or as soon as practicable after. This should be followed by 2 further doses at 6 hourly intervals regardless of the presence of fever. Dose according to weight and manufacturer’s instructions.

A health worker is responsible to ensure that everyone receiving a service is asked the question “Are you (or is the person) of Aboriginal and/or Torres Islander origin?”

Report vaccine doses to the Australian Immunisation Register.

Order and display – Bubba Jabs brochure (Code PH 823) and poster (Code PH 824) for Indigenous infants and children

Order and display – Meningococcal B vaccine poster for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Order and display – Vaccinate to protect your baby against meningococcal B – brochure for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people


What’s new? Free Pneumococcal (Prevenar 13® and Pneumovax 23®) vaccines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from 50 years of age

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults aged from 50 years receive 1 dose of Prevenar 13 from age 50 years then 2 lifetime doses of Pneumovax 23, 12 months later then a minimum interval of 5-years later.

Report vaccine doses administered to the Australian Immunisation Register.

ATAGI clinical advice on the changes to vaccine recommendations and funding for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from 1 July 2020


What’s new? Pneumococcal (Prevenar 13®) vaccine for older non-Indigenous adults from 70 years

From 70 years of age, healthy non-Indigenous adults receive 1 dose of Prevenar 13 on the National Immunisation Program.

Pneumovax 23 has ceased at 65 years of age.

Report vaccine doses administered to the Australian Immunisation Register.

ATAGI clinical advice on changes to vaccine recommendations and funding for older non-Indigenous adults from 1 July 2020.


What’s new? Updated National Immunisation Program eligibility criteria for risk conditions

New recommendations and funding for all people aged over 12 months including adolescents and adults, with risk conditions to receive Prevenar 13, plus 2 lifetime doses of Pneumovax 23, at a minimum of 5-year intervals.

Bexsero, Nimenrix and Act HIB vaccines are also funded for specified medical risk conditions.

Report vaccine doses administered to the Australian Immunisation Register.

ATAGI clinical advice on changes to the vaccine recommendations and funding for people with risk conditions from 1 July 2020.

Download and display - Clinical decision tree for vaccination providers for National Immunisation Program funded pneumococcal vaccine and for an updated list of risk conditions and their eligibility for NIP vaccine.


Updated resources to assist the new National Immunisation Program schedule changes from 1 July 2020

Download and display – Immunisation schedule Victoria – July 2020.

Download and display – Where should I inject vaccines?

The updated Government vaccine order form is available from 30 June 2020.


From July 2020 - first release of the National Immunisation Catch-up Calculator (NICC)

Developed by the Australian Government Department of Health, the NICC will be available from the online Australian Immunisation Handbook web page.

The initial calculator is referred to as NICC V1.0. This will replace the current immunisation calculator hosted on the South Australian Department of Health website.


Links to further information

Continue to vaccinate pregnant women against pertussis and influenza. AusVaxSafety continues to undertake surveillance of maternal vaccination. Access the safety data.

McDonald Helen I, Tessier Elise, White Joanne M, Woodruff Matthew, Knowles Charlotte, Bates Chris, Parry John, Walker Jemma L, Scott J Anthony, Smeeth Liam, Yarwood Joanne, Ramsay Mary, Edelstein Michael. Early impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and physical distancing measures on routine childhood vaccinations in England, January to April 2020

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