Key messages

  • Use this checklist to assess immunisation providers for your workplace vaccination program.
  • Using a reliable provider means that your vaccination program will be safe and effective.
  • The information is a summary of requirements that are outlined in The Australian immunisation handbook.

Assess providers against this checklist to ensure the best program for your staff:

  • The provider can give evidence of appropriate accreditation for vaccinating nurses.
  • Vaccines will be stored in their original packaging and monitored at a temperature between 2 °C and 8 °C in a portable vaccine esky during transport and at the immunisation site.
  • Appropriate information about the risks and benefits of vaccination, and the risks of influenza infection will be provided to the person being vaccinated before vaccination occurs.
  • A pre-vaccination assessment (usually a short checklist) will be conducted to determine whether there are any contraindications or precautions for the vaccine.
  • Valid consent will be gained from the person to be vaccinated after they have received appropriate information and the pre-vaccination assessment.
  • All vaccinated people will be asked to remain under observation in a designated nearby place for a minimum of 15 minutes after the vaccination, in case of an immediate vaccine reaction.
  • The workplace vaccine provider is equipped to manage an immediate allergic reaction to the vaccine (which is a very rare event).
  • On completion of vaccination, all hazardous waste will be removed by the workplace vaccine provider.
  • Advice will be given to the person being vaccinated about the management of the common side effects that may occur after vaccination.
  • Details of the vaccination will be recorded on a card that the person being vaccinated can personally keep as their record of vaccination.

This information is a summary of requirements that are outlined in The Australian Immunisation Handbook.

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