Colac Otway Shire Council undertakes vaccination programs to prevent or reduce the effects of vaccine preventable diseases. Along with our free childhood immunisation program, Council also offers school vaccinations, maternal heath vaccinations and flu vaccinations programs.
Childhood immunisations - one more way you can keep them safe
Childhood immunsiation is a safe, free and effective way to protect your kids from serious diseases.
On time vaccination will give your child the best protection.
The Childhood Immunisation Schedule outline the recommended vaccines for your child from bith to age 4. These are available free to children under the National Immunisation Program.
This helps to protect them from the most serious childhood infections, some of which may threaten their lives.
There are extra vaccines recommended for some children who are more at risk. You should talk to your health professional to see if they recommend your child get these vaccines.
Children with certain medical conditions are eligable for additional vaccines for free such as pneumococcal and meningococcal. Speak to your vaccination provider to see if your child requires additional vaccines.
Council’s Health Protection unit offers free immunisations for children as part of the National Immunisation Program. Immunisation from an early age is highly recommended to protect children from life-threatening diseases, such as diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and many others.
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When can I get my child immunised in the Colac Otway Shire?
Colac: free childhood immunisations take place at COPACC on the third Monday of each month and the first Thursday of each month. Please see the chart below for the full list of the 2023 immunisation schedule.
Apollo Bay: by appointment every Monday at the Apollo Bay Kindergarten building, located at the Apollo Bay P-12 College site on Pengilley Avenue.
|FIRST (1st) Thursday of the Month
10.00 - 11.30am
|THIRD (3rd) Monday of the Month
2.30 - 4.30pm
| February 2
|| February 20
| March 2
|| March 20
| April 6
|| April 17
| May 4
|| May 15
| June 1
|| June 19
| July 6
|| July 17
| August 3
|| August 21
| September 7
|| September 18
| October 5
|| October 16
| November 2
|| November 20
| December 7
|| December 18
What do I need to bring to my child’s immunisation session?
Please bring your Medicare card and your child’s health record book.
What vaccines should my child receive?
The Victorian Government’s childhood immunisation information outlines the vaccines your child needs and the age they should receive them. It also includes other important information about immunising your child.
No Jab No Play
Victoria’s new No Jab No Play laws mean parents or guardians seeking to enrol children in an early childhood service must provide evidence of their child’s immunisation. This applies to day care, kindergarten, occasional care and family day care.
No Jab No Pay
Similar to the No Jab No Play laws, the No Jab No Pay rules mean only parents of children (under 20 years of age) who are fully immunised or on an immunisation catch-up schedule will receive family assistance payments.
To obtain information about your child's immunisation please contact the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809 or access your record through MyGov linked to Medicare. There is also a smart phone app available to remind parents when vaccinations are due.
Immunisation programs through the Council’s Maternal and Child Health service have helped eliminate preventable illnesses across the Shire. Opportunistic vaccinations are available for infants during appointments with Council’s Maternal and Child Health service, and women are encouraged to find out more about immunisation during appointments.
Immunisation can protect a pregnant woman and her unborn baby from infectious diseases. Some infectious diseases can cause serious harm to pregnant women or their unborn babies. Ideally, women would be up to date with their immunisations before they become pregnant and all women should receive influenza and whooping cough vaccines during every pregnancy. Partners of women who are at least 28 weeks pregnant should also receive a pertussis booster if the partner has not received one in the last 10 years.
Visit the Victorian Government’s immunisation and pregnancy information for advice on immunisation before, during and after pregnancy.
The Council manages the free immunisation service for Year 7 and 10 students within the Shire. Immunisations available to secondary students include diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, human papillomavirus and Meningococcal ACWY vaccines. The Council sends consent cards and information sheets to all secondary schools in the first quarter of the year. Any student who miss vaccinations can arrange to attend one of the Council’s immunisation sessions for catch ups. Visit the State Government’s immunisation advice for secondary students for more information.
This year - 2023 - Council Immunisation staff will be at Colac Secondary Schools on 7 March for Year 7 student vaccinations and 2 May for Year 10 vaccinations. Lavers Hill and Apollo Bay Year 7 and 10 students will received their vaccinations on 15 March.
Any catchups may be also done on these days.
Changes to HPV Dosing Schedule -
The Australian Department of Health and Aged Care has announced that from today, 6 February 2023, the schedule for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil®9 on the National Immunisation Program (NIP) has changed from two doses of vaccine to a single dose for most people.
The NIP eligibility age for catch-up/missed vaccination has also increased from 19 to 25 years of age
The schedule will not change for immunocompromised people. A 3-dose schedule of 9vHPV vaccine is recommended for people with significant immunocompromising conditions, and all doses remain funded under the NIP.
More information can be found on the Better Health Channel - https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/human-papillomavirus-hpv-immunisation
HPV Catch Up Program
We are pleased to offer a HPV catch up program in 2023 in conjunction with the Department of Health for young people who may have missed the opportunity to receive their HPV vaccine due to the impacts of Covid-19. We can also provide other overdue vaccines at the same time
To see if your child is due for any vaccines, check your child’s immunisation history statement on the Australian Immunisation Register through your MyGov account. If your child is over 14, they will need to access their immunisation history statement themselves through their own MyGov account or the Medicare mobile app.
You may download the Year 7 and Year 10 consent forms here:
Free Catch-up HPV Vaccinations available for people 25 and under
The HPV vaccine protects against nine types of HPV that cause almost all cases of cervical cancer, other HPV-related cancers and genital warts.
Australians aged 12 to 25 can receive the HPV vaccine for free through the National Immunisation Program. Most people will receive it through school-based programs when they are 12 to 13 years old.
Most people now only require one dose of the vaccine to be protected against HPV-related cancers and diseases. People that are immunocompromised will still require three doses of the vaccine.
Our clinic offers catch-up HPV vaccinations for people who missed out. If you or your child are 25 or under and haven’t had a single dose of the HPV vaccine, book in with our nurses to catch up for free. If you are older than 25 or don’t have a Medicare card, you may need to pay for the vaccine.
Find out more at hpvvaccine.org.au
The Council provides an annual influenza program for infants aged 6 months to 5 years, persons aged over 65 years of age and to agencies (user pays fees) within the shire. For more information, including costs associated with the the program, contact the Council’s health protection team on (03) 5232 9400.
The Council will also conduct other immunisation programs as required in conjunction with Victoria’s Department of Health.