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Immunisation NIP information & Resources

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1. NIP: National Immunisation Program

NIP eligibility

Eligibility criteria for National Immunisation Program vaccines: Access to free NIP vaccines requires a person to hold or be eligible for a Medicare card.

Latest NIP Updates

HPV vaccine – NIP changes in 2023

From 6 February 2023, the dose schedule for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine changed to a single dose, and eligibility for the catch-up program will be extended up to and including 25 years of age under the National Immunisation Program (NIP).

See Factsheet – 6 February 2023

Funded vaccines

NIP vaccines (NIP funded)

Access to free National Immunisation Program vaccines requires a person to hold or be eligible for a Medicare card.

Funded catch-up vaccine (NIP funded)

Funded NSW vaccine (NSW Health funded)

Recommended vaccines (includes non-funded)

Recommended vaccines

Additional recommended vaccines for at-risk patients


Ukrainians in NSW: Immunisation and health care access 



NSW immunisation schedule

Additional funded vaccines in NSW 

NSW General Practice Immunisation Toolkit


NSW Health – Immunisation providers

3. Clinical

Australian Immunisation Handbook

Vaccine Co-administration

Zostavax / Shingrix





Other vaccine information sheets


Anaphylaxis Kit

Minimum requirements for an anaphylaxis kit:

  • Anaphylaxis response kit – requirements as per Australian Immunisation Handbook
  • One kit per treatment room
  • Check adrenaline expiry date

Anaphylaxis e-Training

The ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training course for health professionals 2021

  • This course was developed by the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA).
  • This free anaphylaxis course takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete and is suitable for all health professionals, including medical practitioners and nurses.

Download resources 

GP requirement: Basic Life Support

CPR requirements 

  • Frequently asked questions for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) requirements in general practices
5. AEFI: Adverse Event Following Immunisation

Adverse Events Following Immunisation

What is an AEFI?

NSW Health: What is a serious adverse event?

Health professionals are required to report suspected reactions, known as adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) particularly if they are unexpected or significant.


Reporting AEFIs

If a patient has an immediate serious reaction or is unwell in the days after a vaccination, you must report this via:


AEFI resource for parents

6. Vaccine Safety

Vaccine safety 

COVID-19 vaccine safety

General vaccine safety & resources 


COVID-19 vaccine administration errors

ATAGI guidelines on the management of a range of possible vaccine administration errors, including when a replacement (repeat) dose is recommended.

General advice on vaccine errors

  1. Advice relating to patient:
    • Open disclosure of the incident to the patient/parents of the patient.
    • Inform patient of any expected side effects and possible remedies to help with side effects.
    • Arrange follow up appointment for patient with GP – mainly as a health check, but also to maintaining the GP/patient relationship.
    • Give the Patient/Parents HCCC contact details in case they want to report a complaint:
  2. Advice relating to practice:
      • Usual incident reporting process within the practice
      • Inform the practice Insurer
      • Review practice policies/process to avoid error in future
  3. Clinical advice:
    • Send patient to Emergency Department if patient clinically unwell
    • Contact NSWISS if clinical advice is required (eg revaccination advice)
    • For accidental overdose see below.
  4. Reporting

Accidental overdose

  1. If an accidental overdose occurs, it is recommended to observe vital signs and, if symptomatic, to treat the symptoms. There are no specific overdose symptoms to be aware of.
  2. Follow the above Advice on Vaccine Errors – This error must be recorded through your normal jurisdictional medication error reporting systems.
  3. For more information, the Poisons Information Centre may be contacted on 131 126.
8. Catch Up Schedules

Clinical tools

Catch-up Calculator (for children under 10 years) – Australian Immunisation Handbook

Catch-up guide: Measles vaccination – NCIRS

Clinical Resources

Catch up for: Adults and adolescents (>10 years) 

Table. Catch-up schedule for people ≥10 years of age

  • Doses needed: how many vaccine doses a person should have received to be considered completely vaccinated
  • Vaccine history: deduct previous vaccine doses received from ‘Doses needed’
  • Plan catch-up: check the ‘Minimum interval between doses’ column to schedule further doses

The table does not include information on all diseases that adults may need vaccines for. Vaccination for special risk groups includes more details.

General guidelines: Catch-up vaccination for adolescents and adults

Catch-up for: special risk groups

For more details, see: Vaccination for special risk group

  • Aboriginal
  • Travellers
  • Occupational risk
  • Migrants, refugees, asylum seekers
  • Immunocompromised
  • Pregnant, breastfeeding
  • Pre-term infants
  • AEFI
  • Immunoglobulin
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Surgery, anaesthesia
  • Other: inmates, MSM, inject drugs, sex worker
  • Asplenia – see also immunocompromised


Funding for catch up vaccines

9. ORDERING VACCINES / Vaccine Account Number (VAN)

Ordering vaccines

Order NIP vaccines from the NSW Vaccine Centre, once you have a vaccine account number:


The Commonwealth has advised states/territories of a major international supply issue affecting the combination measles, mumps rubella varicella (MMRV) vaccines for children at 18 months of age. It is likely to continue throughout the whole of 2022. The NSW Vaccine Centre has:

  • placed tight restrictions on the quantities of MMRV vaccines that providers can order
  • advised that catch up vaccination of older children should be done with separate MMR and varicella vaccines

The use of the separate vaccines for children aged 18 months should not be needed but may be required down the track if the supply issues are not resolved.

How to apply for a new VAN

To request new a vaccine account, email your Public Health Unit (PHU) with your contact details:

How to update VAN details with the PHU:

Which PHU does my practice belong to?


GP Fax from NSW Health


Vaccine Hesitancy training

Communicating with people who are unvaccinated against COVID-19

This NCIRS report summarises perspectives on COVID-19 vaccines of unvaccinated adults living in Australia who were interviewed in late 2021.

Ncirs Unvax

Recommendations for immunisation providers:

  1. Seek out training to build confidence and skills around having conversations with vaccine-hesitant people such as the SKAI eLearning module
  2. Use the “It’s worth the shot” Benefits and Decision cards to help engage and encourage discussions, and tip sheet on how to start the conversation
  3. Use resources to support conversations: COVID-19 Decision AidVaccination glossary
  4. Make a positive recommendation to vaccinate
  5. Be ready to tailor conversations to a range of positions on vaccination, from refusing to hesitant about the COVID-19 vaccines (including receiving a booster vaccine)

Yellow fever accreditation

Accreditation requirements:

  1. Clinic accreditation: seek approval to become a Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre
  2. Provider accreditation: successfully complete yellow fever training module

Accreditation for Clinics

To become an accredited Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre:

Ongoing requirements for Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres:

  1. Maintain a log of all practitioners prescribing the vaccine and
  2. Maintian evidence that all practitioners have successfully completed of the online training
  3. Existing Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres do not need to be re-accredited

Accreditation for Providers

To become a yellow fever accredited practitioner:

Requirements for accredited practioners:

  • Provide the completion certificate to the accredited Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre in which you intend to practise
  • Only administer the vaccine at an accredited Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre
  • If you no longer wish to provide yellow fever vaccinations please notify your Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre.

ANI – authorised nurse immuniser can only administer yellow fever vaccination with a valid order from an authorised prescribing practitioner.

Travel resource

Destinations | Travelers’ Health CDC

Further information:

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