Council provides free immunisation servicesColac 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

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.

When can I get my child immunised in the Colac Otway Shire?

Free childhood immunisations take place at COPACC on the third Monday of each month and the first Thursday of each month. Look at the following chart for the full list of the 2021 immunisation schedule.

FIRST (1st) Thursday of the Month
10.30 - 11.00am
THIRD (3rd) Monday of the Month
2.30 - 4.30pm
 January 7 2021  January 18, 2021
 February 4  February 15
 March 4  March 15
 April 1  April 19
 May 6  May 17
 June 3  June 21
 July 1  July 19
 August 5  August 16
 September 2  September 20
 October 7  October 18
 November 4  November 15
 December 2  December 22
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. There is also a smart phone app available to remind parents when vaccinations are due.

Maternal immunisations

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.

School immunisations

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 catch ups. Visit the State Government’s immunisation advice for secondary students for more information.

Flu vaccinations

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.