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Immunisation Service

Immunisation Service

  • Receiving scheduled vaccinations remains essential, even during the COVID-19 pandemic! The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Immunisation Service team has taken extra precautions and implemented procedures to control risks of and exposure to transmission of COVID-19 and is still open to patients, families and the community for all scheduled vaccines.  
    For more information or if you have any questions, please contact the Immunisation Service team at or on 9345 6599.

    COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer) is NOW AVAILABLE to RCH patients with underlying medical conditions (ages 12 - 18 years).  

    Patients aged 12 years and over who have a chronic medical condition (ie. Part of Phase 1B of the vaccine rollout) are eligible and able to receive the Pfizer immunisation at RCH.  To manage supply and demand, we are currently vaccinating Priority group 1 and will advise of progression to Priority group 2.  Click here to determine the eligible medical conditions. 

    The RCH is not currently vaccinating parents/families/carers of patients in Cohort 1b.

    Coming to the Immunisation Centre

    Led by a specialist nursing team (Nurse Practitioner and Manager: Sonja Elia), the centre provides specialist immunisation advice. The team supports outpatient clinics such as the Immunisation Clinic (Tuesday am), Immigrant Health (Monday pm) and dedicated BCG clinics. It also provides seasonal vaccines, such as influenza and delivers the RSV immunoglobulin for at risk infants.

    When coming to the Immunisation centre at the RCH, the staff are committed to ensuring that the experience is a positive one, for both the child and the family.  Please click to see one of our RCH patients being immunised.  

    Needle phobia

    Pain and anxiety associated with vaccine administration can be a source of distress for children and their families.  There are a range of techniques that can be used to reduce this pain and anxiety, such as effective preparation, distraction techniques and pain management strategies.  When these strategies are unsuccessful, the Immunisation Drop-in centre can offer a unique 'Immunisation under sedation' service.  This service is currently booked out until March 2022.

    To find out more, please contact the Immunisation service on 1300 882 924 (Option 2) and bookings are essential.  Please click to see a child's guide to nitrous oxide.

    Meningococcal vaccines

    For more information on Meningococcal vaccines, the different products and their schedules, please see the Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre website.   With a Nurse Practitioner now available, vaccines that are not on the National Immunisation Program, such as Meningococcal B and ACWY are now available for purchase.  

    2021 Influenza vaccine is NOW AVAILABLE

    The Australian Influenza vaccine committee have recommended that the following viruses be included in quadrivalent vaccines for the 2021 Southern Hemisphere influenza season;

    • an A/Victoria/2570/2019 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
    • an A/Hong Kong/2671/2019 (H3N2)-like virus;
    • a B/Washington/02/2019-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus; and
    • a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus.

    The 2021 Influenza vaccine is now available for all RCH patients (and their family members at cost).


    A dedicated BCG vaccine clinic is held on Tuesday mornings for infants aged less than 12 months. For any other travel advice, or for BCG vaccine for infants aged greater than 12 months, click the BCG clinics for children.   

    We are now accepting referrals for the BCG vaccine.  The clinic is currently booked up until March 2022.  Please check this website regularly for updates. 

    Adverse events following immunisation

    In Victoria, adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) should be notified to SAEFVIC (the Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination In the Community).

    This specialist service helps immunisation providers and the community manage children and adults who have had an AEFI.  Click here for contact details.

    These pages contain a number of resources that the Immunisation service provides to clinicians at the Royal Children's Hospital. Please contact Dr Nigel Crawford, or Sonja Elia if you have any suggestions for improvements to these pages

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