Important announcements from HAIMS
- Shingles Vaccine
- As of the 1st November 2016 the Shingles Vaccine (Zostervax) will be FREE for people 70-79 years of age.
- The Shingles Vaccine will not be available at the Public Clinics as it is preferable the client attend their GP who will have a detailed medical history and can determine eligibility. Medical conditions and medications are a factor when receiving the vaccine , therefore the GP is the appropriate person to discuss and administer.
- “No Jab No Pay”
- Free catch up for children under 10 years of age From 1 January 2016, all states and territories will be distributing free National Immunisation Program vaccines for all children under the age of 10 that require catch-up. This arrangement will be ongoing.
- Free catch up for young persons aged 10 to 19 years of families who currently receive family assistance payments (time-limited: 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2017).
From 1 January 2016, this time-limited catch up programme provides free vaccines to families who currently receive family assistance payments, who do not have a valid medical exemption, and now wish to immunise their children in order to continue to receive these payment.
- Conscientious objection and vaccination objection on non-medical grounds will no longer be a valid exemption from immunisation requirements.
- To support these changes, the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) is being expanded. From 1 January 2016 the immunisation provider will be able to submit the details of vaccinations given to persons aged less than 20 years to be recorded on the ACIR. On the 30th September 2016 The Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) was implemented, which now encompasses all ages
- Vaccines will be available at our Council clinics for those families who require catch up at no cost
- Influenza Vaccine
- Influenza Vaccine will be available free for Medical at risk members of the community and at a small cost for anyone else who wishes to be protected from the age of 6months
Please note. Our company can update immunisation records required by Centrelink under the Government “No Jab No Pay” program. For families who are not registered with Medicare, all previous immunisation records need to have legible dates, antigens, and be translated in English.
If you have received immunisations through your local GP, you can contact your surgery to update your records.