Immunisation

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Information

The Kingborough Community Hub is being used as a COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic on certain days for Phase 1B of the roll-out.  These Clinics are being run by the Tasmanian Government.  If you with to make a booking or have any queries about the Clinic, please call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 or visit https://coronavirus.tas.gov.au/vaccination-information/covid-19-vaccination

Infant Immunisation Program

We provide immunisations for infants on the third Friday of every month commencing at 9:30am at the Kingborough Community Hub, 7 Goshawk Way, Kingston (Kingston Park site). If you wish to attend, please call 6211 8255 to make a booking.

Vaccines offered:

AgeVaccine
Birth (within 7 days of birth)HB Vax II (Hep B) Paediatric
2 months (may be given from 6 weeks, but not earlier)Infanrix Hexa (DTPa/Hib/Hep B/IPV)
Prevenar 13 (13vPCV)
Rotarix (Rotavirus - oral vaccine) refer to Handbook for age limits
4 months (if child received previous doses at 6 weeks, current recommendation is to vaccinate at 4 months, but not earlier)Infranrix Hexa (DTPa/Hib/Hep B/IPV
Prevenar 13 (13vPCV)
Rotarix (Rotavirus - oral vaccine) refer to Handbook for age limits
6 months

*only if predisposing medical conditions and/or babies <28 weeks gestation
Infanrix Hexa (DTPa/Hib/Hep B/IPV
Prevenar 13 (13vPCV)
6 months - <3 years (ALL children)FluQuadri Junior (Influenza) (a)
12 months

*only babies <32 weeks gestation or <2000g birth weight
Priorix or M-M-R II (MMR)
Nimenrix (Men ACWY)
Prevenar 13 (13vPCV)
HB Vax II (Hep B) Paediatric
18 monthsPriorix-Tetra or ProQuad (MMRV) (b)
Tripacel or Infanrix (DTPa)
Act-HIB (Hib) (h)
3 years - <5 years (ALL children)FluQuadri (Influenza) (a)
4 years

*only if predisposing medical conditions
Infanrix IPV or Quadracel (DTPa/IPV)
Pneumovax 23 (23vPPV)

Pregnant Women are offered Adacel or Boostrix (combined diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough dTpa) at the Clinic.

Immunisation Dates
  • 15 January 2021
  • 19 February 2021
  • 19 March 2021
  • 16 April 2021
  • 21 May 2021
  • 18 June 2021
  • 16 July 2021
  • 20 August 2021
  • 17 September 2021
  • 15 October 2021
  • 19 November 2021
  • 17 December 2021

School Immunisation Program

We visit each high school within the Kingborough municipality to carry out an immunisation program for Grade 7 children, in line with the National Immunisation Schedule:

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Acellular Pertussis (DTPa): (1 dose)
  • HPV (Gardisil) Vaccine: (2 doses over 6 months)

Consent forms are delivered to the high schools in preparation for the program in February each year. Parents must fill out and return consent form/s to the school if they wish for their child to be immunised. Late forms will not be accepted.

Recording immunisation

Every time a child is immunised, it should be recorded in the Personal Health Record (Blue Book) which is given to parents after a baby is born.

It is important to keep these records as a reminder of when immunisations are due and to help in checking which children are immunised if there is an outbreak of disease. You may also need to show these records when your child starts school.

The Personal Health Record and clinic records are completed by the doctor, nurse or health worker giving the immunisation.

Details of the immunisations are also sent to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) which is a national database for recording details of all immunisations given to people who live in Australia. Parents can telephone the AIR on 1800 653 809 (free call) for information about their child’s immunisation status.

Request an immunisation history

We can provide records of immunisations that have been given through our public and school immunisation programs. However, if you or your child attended a school outside of the Kingborough municipality then you will need to contact the council in that municipal area.

Please complete the Online Immunisation Request Form to retrieve these details.

More information

For more information about our immunisation programs, please contact us on (03) 6211 8255 or kc@kingborough.tas.gov.au

More detailed information on the school based immunisation program can be found on the Department of Health and Human Services website. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is immunisation?

Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting children, as well as adults, from a number of serious diseases.

Immunisation uses the body’s natural defense mechanism – the immune response – to build resistance to these infections.

Twelve diseases can be prevented by routine childhood immunisation:  diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), poliomyelitis (polio), measles, mumps, rubella (German measles), haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), hepatitis B, meningococcal C, pneumococcal pneumonia and varicella (chickenpox). All of these diseases can cause serious illness and sometimes death.

Is everyone protected from disease by immunisation?

Immunisation gives a good level of protection against disease, but unfortunately there can be no guarantee of 100% protection. A small number of people will not develop protection even though they have been immunised. A small number of people may only develop partial protection, but if they do catch the disease they have been immunised against, it is less severe.

Why should I have my child immunised?

There are three reasons for immunising Australian children:

  • Immunisation is a highly effective way of giving protection against disease. After immunisation, your child is far less likely to catch a disease if there are outbreaks in the community.
  • If enough people in the community are immunised, an infection can no longer be spread from person to person and the disease dies out altogether. This is how smallpox was eliminated from the world, and how polio has been eliminated from many countries.
  • Despite excellent hospital care, significant illness and death do still occur from diseases which can be prevented by immunisation.

What are the common side effects of immunisation?

Common side effects of immunisation are redness and soreness at the site of injection, and low-grade fever. These reactions can be treated by giving your child paracetamol and by keeping your child cool with light clothing and plenty to drink.

Serious side effects are extremely rare, and usually happen very soon after immunisation. This is why we ask those being immunised to stay in the waiting area after immunisation for at least 15 minutes. If worrying or persistent reactions develop later, medical help should be obtained.

Having a serious side effect after an immunisation is extremely rare: the risk of developing a dangerous or even deadly disease is far greater. These two issues have to be weighed up when deciding whether to go ahead and have yourself or your child immunised.

Can all children be immunised?

Most children can have the full range of immunisations with safety. A very small number of children should not have immunisations, or should delay having immunisations, because they have certain medical conditions. This should be discussed with your family doctor or your paediatrician.

Where should immunisations be recorded?

Every time a child is immunised, this information should be recorded in the Personal Health Record (Blue Book) which is given to parents after a baby is born. It is important to keep these records as a reminder of when immunisations are due and to help in checking which children are immunised if there is an outbreak of disease. You may also need to show these records when your child starts school. The Personal Health Record and clinic records are completed by the doctor, nurse or health worker giving the immunisation.

Details of the immunisations are also sent to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) which is a national database for recording details of immunisations given to people from 0 to 21 years old who live in Australia. Anyone can inquire about their immunisation status (including parents on behalf of their children) by telephoning the AIR on 1800 653 809 (free call).