National Immunisation Program Schedule changes

July 2020

From 1 July 2020 there are changes to the National Immunisation Program (NIP) schedule designed to improve protection against meningococcal and pneumococcal disease.

What’s new?

  • Free meningococcal B (Bexsero®) vaccine for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infants and children
  • Free Pneumococcal (Prevenar 13® and Pneumovax 23®) vaccines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from 50 years of age
  • Pneumococcal (Prevenar 13®) vaccine for older non-Indigenous adults from 70 years
  • Updated National Immunisation Program eligibility criteria for risk conditions

Changes to the NIP meningococcal vaccination schedule >

  • Changes to the NIP meningococcal vaccination schedule:
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infants receive Bexsero at 2 (from 6 weeks), 4 and 12 months of age.
    • Catch-up for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children less than 2 years is available for a 3-year period until 30 June 2023 - the number of catch-up doses required depends on the age of commencement
    • An additional dose at 6 months of age is required for all infants with specified medical risk conditions.
    • Meningococcal B and meningococcal ACWY vaccines will also be funded under the NIP for people of all ages with specified medical risk conditions that increase their risk of invasive meningococcal disease.

A health worker is responsible to ensure that everyone receiving a service is asked the question “Are you (or is the person) of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin?”

Paracetamol must be administered for Bexsero – ensure parents/carers are prepared!

  • All children aged less than 2 years should receive a dose of paracetamol 30 minutes prior to the Bexsero dose or as soon as practicable after.
  • This should be followed by 2 further doses at 6 hourly intervals regardless of the presence of fever. Dose according to weight and manufacturer’s instructions.

Changes to the NIP pneumococcal vaccination schedule >

National Immunisation Program eligibility criteria for risk conditions >

Updated:

National Immunisation Catch-Up Calculator (NICC) >

  • National Immunisation Catch-Up Calculator (NICC) V1.0
    • Now Available from the Online Australian Immunisation Handbook
    • NICC V1.0 replaces the immunisation calculator hosted on the South Australian Department of Health website.
    • The initial release of the NICC will only support catch-up schedules for Children Up to 10 Years of Age.