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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.
We have also opened an immunisation ‘drive-through’ vaccination clinic to help support families to still have scheduled vaccinations during COVID-19.
The drive-through immunisation clinic will operate on Tuesdays from 9am to 1pm, and is available to patients, families and the community for all scheduled vaccines.
Bookings are mandatory and can be made here.
As part of the COVID-19 visitor screening process, you will be contacted before your appointment and asked a series of health questions. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact the Immunisation Service team at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 9345 6599.
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.
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. 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.
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.
In 2020, a quadrivalent (four strain) influenza vaccine will be made available free to all infants aged 6 months to 5 years as well as patients of all ages who are at increased risk. The vaccine will cover two A strains of influenza (Brisbane and South Australia) and two B strains of influenza (Washington and Phuket).
The 2020 Influenza vaccine will be available for all RCH patients from May.
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.
Note: There are currently no BCG clinics running due to COVID-19 and we are not accepting new referrals for the BCG vaccine at this stage.
Please check the website regularly for any further updates. We apologise for any inconvenience.
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