Immunisation providers in Queensland should report all immunisations directly to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). AIR is the national immunisation register administered by Medicare Australia and records all vaccinations for adults, adolescents and children in Australia.
It is essential that immunisations are reported accurately and at the time they occur. Errors and delays can lead to:
- Individuals being vaccinated unnecessarily or inappropriately.
- Children being incorrectly assessed as overdue for immunisation and parents missing out on family assistance payments.
- Children not meeting care enrolment requirements.
Information for health professionals:-
Information for consumers:-
- VIVAS (Vaccination Information and Vaccination Administration System) has ceased the collection of immunisation records. Immunisation providers in Queensland need to report all immunisations directly to AIR.
- The National HPV Vaccination Program Register (the HPV Register) has ceased operation. All HPV vaccination records held in the HPV Register have been transferred into AIR. Immunisation providers need to report all HPV vaccinations directly to AIR.
Where to find immunisation records
- Child personal health record.
- Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).
- Immunisation providers can print immunisation history statements directly from AIR.
- Parents and individuals can obtain immunisation history statements through myGov.
- Public health units (only available for immunisation providers).
Immunisation history statements for childcare
Under the Public Health Act 2005, recognised immunisation providers can give parents a letter which is recognised as an immunisation history statement by early childhood education and care (ECEC) services.
The letter will need to clearly indicate whether the child's immunisation status is up-to-date or not up-to-date.
Use the immunisation status letter template (DOC, 31KB) when preparing an immunisation history statement for parents/guardians to give to their ECEC service.
Consistent with the Australian Immunisation Handbook guidelines, children are considered to have an up-to-date immunisation status if they:
- have a medical contraindication to one or more vaccines on the immunisation schedule
- are on a recognised vaccination catch-up schedule.