Immunisation

Stonnington immunisation service

We run a year-round immunisation service, with free and user-pay vaccinations available.

Immunisation is free for children six weeks to 19 years old and for eligible adults in the Victorian National Immunisation schedule.

Registered nurses with immunisation qualifications give the vaccines. Most vaccines are injections.

The Department of Health advises us to watch vaccinated people for 15 minutes afterwards.

What is the National Immunisation Program for Victoria?

The National Immunisation Program for Victoria are immunisations given to you through your life.

These are paid for by state and federal governments.

To get the best protection, you should have your immunisations on time, every time.

Protection from the flu

During the flu season, we give free flu vaccines to:

  • all children aged six calendar months to under 5 years
  • eligible adults, and
  • all adults 65 years and older.

You can pay for flu vaccines for other age groups at our immunisation sessions.

Immunisation centres and booking appointments

We give free vaccines to children six weeks to 19 years old, and eligible adults in the National Immunisation schedule for Victoria.

You need to book your appointment.

Dates for 2021 are available. More dates and an additional Prahran venue will be coming soon.

COVID-19 update

You must wear a face mask if you're 12 or older. The person being immunised must be well and not have a temperature of 38.5 degrees or higher.

Due to COVID-19, some of our services and locations have closed or changed. Find out more on our COVID-19 updates page.

Book an appointment

Call 8290 1333 to book an appointment at Malvern Town Hall (corner Glenferrie Road and High Street, Malvern) or Phoenix Park Community Centre (22 Rob Roy Road, Malvern East).

You can also book online

Important information:

  • You must make an appointment before the day you come in.
  • We'll contact you with details and a confirmation number when we get your appointment request.
  • You must bring the confirmation number to your appointment.
  • Your appointment is not confirmed until you get a confirmation number.

The person being vaccinated must have waited the scheduled time between vaccinations. Find out more in the National Immunisation Program schedule.

What to bring

  • Your child/children’s immunisation history or Health Book.
  • Medicare Card with your child/children's name included (if you have one).
  • Appointment confirmation number.

Respect the privacy of our nurses and other families. No photos or recordings during our immunisation sessions.

After immunisation

  • You need to stay for 15 minutes after immunisation so we can make sure you're well.
  • We'll give you information on common side effects at the session.

What is the Australian Immunisation Register

The Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) is a national register. It records all vaccines given to all Australians.

Immunisation providers (Council or doctors) report your immunisations to the AIR.

Vaccinations recorded are:

  • under the National Immunisation Program
  • through school programs, and
  • privately, such as for flu or travel.

The AIR doesn't have records before 1 January 1996.

AIR supplies an immunisation history statement.

This acts as a school entry Immunisation Status Certificate when your child has finished their four-year-old vaccinations.

You can check your child's immunisation history on the Medicare Australia's website or calling AIR on 1800 653 809.

Immunisation program for school-age children

We offer free in-school immunisation to all Year 7 and Year 10 students in the City of Stonnington.

The current in-school program offers vaccination against:

Year 7 students

  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) - two doses
  • Adult Diphtheria-Tetanus-Whooping Cough - one dose

Year 10 students

  • Meningococcal ACWY – one dose

How the program works

  1. The school sends you information about the program and a consent card.
  2. You complete the consent card and return it to school. Please return the card even if your don't want your child vaccinated.
  3. Our registered nurses with immunisation qualifications will give the vaccines at school.
  4. If your child is not at school on an immunisation day, we'll send you a letter or email about how to catch up on the missed dose. You can take your child to an immunisation session or your doctor.

If you have the dose given somewhere else, let us know so we can update their record.

For more information, call Council's immunisation officer on 8290 1333.

Immunisation history statements

Immunisation status certificates and immunisation history statements are supplied by Medicare's Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

The AIR must have your current address.

You can get your child’s immunisation status:

Call us on 8290 1333 if your child:

  • has incomplete or missing immunisation records
  • was vaccinated overseas, or
  • has never been vaccinated.

Childcare, kindergarten and primary school

Childcare and kindergarten

When you enrol your child in early childhood education and childcare, you must have their current immunisation history statement.

The statement shows that your child has had all vaccinations due for their age, or as needed.

Primary school

If you enroll your child in a Victorian primary school, you must provide an immunisation status certificate.

An immunisation history statement acts as a school entry immunisation status certificate.

This is a document showing your child’s record of immunisation to four years old.

Older documents, like a doctor's letter or letter from local council, are not accepted.