Information about coronavirus (COVID-19)
For information about coronavirus (COVID-19), visit the Tasmanian Government’s coronavirus website.
Information about Zostavax
- The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has issued a safety advisory regarding Zostavax vaccine.
- This is about its use in people with compromised immune function.
- The Australian Immunisation Handbook will be updated to include this information shortly.
- Find out current information about Zostavax on the TGA website.
The Australian Immunisation Handbook
The Australian Immunisation Handbook provides clinical advice on the safest and most effective use of vaccines. These recommendations are developed by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) and approved by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). You can access the national immunisation handbook on the Australian Government’s National Immunisation Handbook website
Australian Immunisation Register
The Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) is a national register that records vaccines given to all people in Australia.
The AIR includes vaccines given:
- under the National Immunisation Program
- through school programs
- privately, such as for flu or travel.
Find out more about the Australian Immunisation Register on the Australian Government Department of Health website
Become an authorised immuniser in Tasmania
To find apply to become an authorised immuniser in Tasmania and renewal information, please download the following forms and guidelines:
- Tasmanian Authorised Immuniser Application Guidelines
- Immunisation Authorisation Renewal Application Form
- Initial Immunisation Authorisation Application Form
Where to get more information
Information about administering yellow fever vaccines
- To be accredited as an individual practitioner to administer the yellow fever vaccine at an approved Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre, you must complete this Yellow Fever Vaccination Course
- Download information to apply for approval as a Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre and practitioner accreditation
- Approval as a Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre is not transferable from practice to practice but can be retained if your practice changes location. You must notify our Communicable Disease Prevention Unit.
Information about administering seasonal influenza vaccines
- For informational about seasonal influenza vaccines, please visit the influenza page on our website
- Download the Tasmanian Influenza Immunisation Provider Toolkit 2021
Information about administration sites for childhood vaccinations
Download a poster showing administration sites for childhood vaccinations for children aged two months to four years old in Tasmania.
The National Immunisation Program
- Download the adult and child immunisation schedule
- Download Tasmania’s funded influenza immunisation schedule
- Download a list of free vaccines supplied by the Department of Health (Tasmania)
Tasmanian State Immunisation Programs
State-funded Hepatitis B vaccine for high-risk groups
Download information about state-funded Hepatitis B vaccine for high-risk groups in Tasmania.
Free measles catch-up vaccinations
Free measles catch-up vaccinations are now available for eligible Tasmanians from GPs. Pharmacists will also be able to administer these vaccinations after completing training.
- Tasmanians born during or after 1966 who have not received two measles-containing vaccinations, or had the measles infection, are eligible for a free vaccination.
- Infants aged six to 12 months travelling overseas to places where measles is circulating are also eligible.
- Most people born after 1994 are likely to have received two doses of measles-containing vaccines as a child under the National Immunisation Program
- Many people born between 1966 and 1994 will not have had measles or received two doses of a measles vaccine.
- Public Health experts advise people born before 1966 are likely to be immune following childhood infection.
- Encourage anyone unsure if they have been vaccinated to receive a booster dose of the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine.
Find out more information about measles.
How to report an adverse event following immunisation
You can report any adverse events following immunisation to our Communicable Disease Prevention Unit.
- Download the Adverse Event Following Immunisation Factsheet
Reporting by phone
To report an adverse event over the phone, discuss reporting, or seek advice regarding referral of patients requiring specialist follow-up, please call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738. Ask to speak to an Immunisation Clinical Nurse Consultant.
Reporting by email
To report an adverse event by email, please complete the Adverse Event Following Immunisation Reporting Form and email to [email protected] or fax to 03 6173 0821.
Ordering and discarding vaccines
- Download information about vaccine management
- Download Discarded Vaccine Report Form
- Download Web-based Ordering Change of Details Form
Guidelines for vaccination programs employing authorised immunisers
Regulations under the Tasmanian Poisons Act 1971 allow registered nurses and pharmaceutical chemists who have met certain educational requirements, to administer vaccines independently of a medical practitioner.
- Download the Tasmanian Immunisation Program Guidelines
- Download the Additional Authorised Immuniser Registration Form
- Download the Community Pharmacy Provision of COVID19 Vaccine in Tasmania Guidelines and Application Process
These guidelines give guidance to organisations that provide or intend to provide nurse vaccination programs in Tasmania that employ authorised immunisers.
Managing people who put others at risk
To identify and manage people with notifiable infectious diseases who put others at risk of infection, download:
- The interim framework for managing people with infectious diseases who place others at risk of infection in Tasmania
- Guidelines for notifying diseases and food contaminants
Medical exemption for a vaccine
If an individual has a medical exemption for a vaccine, then their eligible health professional must complete an Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) - immunisation medical exemption form (IM011).