Specified vaccine preventable diseases
A vaccine preventable disease (VPD) is one that can be prevented, or its impact reduced by being vaccinated.
To help protect our patients, staff, and the wider community, we have specified 6 vaccine preventable diseases.
If you're applying for job with vaccination requirements, you may need to give us evidence that you’re vaccinated against or aren’t susceptible to the specified vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs).
There may be more vaccine requirements for roles based in particular areas or populations.
The role description will identify which, if any, of the vaccinations you need to provide evidence for.
Vaccine preventable diseases
Type of role
Roles that have direct contact with patients, or in the course of their work, may be exposed to blood/body fluids or contaminated sharps.
Vaccination against Hepatitis B has been a condition of employment in these types of roles since 1997.
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
Pertussis (whooping cough)
Roles that have contact and allow acquisition and/or transmission of measles, mumps, rubella, varicella or pertussis. Ie roles where:
Additional pertussis requirements
If pertussis vaccination requirements apply to your role, you're required to have booster vaccinations every 10 years to remain vaccinated.
You must submit evidence of your booster vaccinations as a condition of continued engagement.
You may need to show you've been vaccinated against:
- Hepatitis B
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Pertussis and Varicella
- all 6 diseases.
Other vaccine preventable disease vaccine mandates
Some roles may have particular exposure risks.
If you're applying for one of these roles, you may also be required to be vaccinated against any or all of the following diseases.
Type of role
Japanese encephalitis (JE)
Some roles may have particular exposure risks. For example:
These requirements will be based on risk assessments.
If in doubt contact the recruitment manager listed on the role description.
If you'd like more information or have any questions you can contact:
- your local Hospital and Health Service recruitment team
- the recruiting manager listed in the role description.
You can also read our Health employment directive: vaccine preventable diseases (VPD) requirements. (PDF 290 kB)
If you're a contractor, student or volunteer, you can find more information in our: