Yellow fever - Information for yellow fever vaccination centres

This page provides information on the accreditation of yellow fever centres and vaccination certificates to be used by vaccination centres.

Page last updated: 14 February 2014

Guidelines for Accreditation of Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres

State and territory health authorities, through their Chief Human Quarantine Officer (CHQO), should take the following steps when approving a centre for yellow fever vaccination:
  • Approve vaccination centres in accordance with any state and territory requirements for immunisation providers, including any specific requirements for yellow fever.
  • Send an acknowledgment form or state equivalent to the centre seeking accreditation for provision of yellow fever vaccine.
  • Vaccination centre to return signed acknowledgement form or state equivalent to the jurisdictional immunisation coordinator.
  • After receipt of the signed acknowledgement form, issue vaccination centre with a unique provider/identification number.
  • Advise Sanofi Pasteur Pty Ltd of the approval of the centre to purchase yellow fever vaccine.
  • Maintain a current list of approved yellow fever vaccination centres and provide this list to medical practitioners and intending travellers upon request.
  • Distribute a periodic survey to accredited yellow fever vaccination centres. The Department of Health may use information from the surveys in the monitoring and review of yellow fever policy.
  • Advise Sanofi Pasteur Pty Ltd of any revocations of the accreditation of yellow fever vaccination centres.
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International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis

The revised International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) came into force in June 2007. From 15 June 2007, the “International certificate of vaccination or revaccination against yellow fever” was replaced by the “International certificate of vaccination or prophylaxis”. Previous vaccination certificates are still valid until they expire.

A model of the “International certificate of vaccination or prophylaxis” is provided below. The additional information required on the new certificate is highlighted:

sample certificate: new requirements vaccine type and validity dates
Click on image to see enlarged version of certificate.

The new certificates were adopted throughout Australia by 15 December 2007. “International certificates of vaccination or revaccination against yellow fever” were not to be issued after this time.

Please note that previously issued “International certificates of vaccination or revaccination against yellow fever” are valid for a period of ten years and are not affected by the entry into force of the IHR (2005). Such certificates remain valid proof of vaccination against yellow fever and do not need to be replaced by new certificates during their period of validity.
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General Requirements for the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis

  • The certificate must be printed in English or French; an additional language may be added.
  • The certificate must be completed in English or French; an additional language may be used.
  • The certificate must be an individual certificate and not a collective one.
  • The certificate is valid only if the yellow fever vaccine used has been approved by World Health Organization (WHO)1
  • The certificate is valid for a period of 10 years, beginning 10 days after the date of vaccination. In the event of revaccination within such period of 10 years, it is valid from the date of revaccination. The medical professional completing the certificate must record validity dates (certificate valid from.......until........) in the column provided on the certificate.

1. WHO Approved Yellow Fever Vaccine Producers:
Sanofi-Aventis, France
Institut Pasteur Dakar, Senegal
BioManguinhos, Brazil
Ref: WHO list of vaccines for purchase by UN agencies as of May 2007.

Note: The new international certificate of vaccination or prophylaxis differs to the previous certificates in title and in the inclusion of validity dates. The health professional administering the vaccine will also need to state on the certificate that they gave a vaccination against yellow fever (Chapter 6, Page 144, International Travel and Health 2007).
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Where to Purchase International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis Booklets

Copies of the booklet with the WHO logo can be ordered from WHO Press.
The certificate can be used for recording vaccinations or prophylaxis, in accordance with the IHR (2005), including vaccination or revaccination against yellow fever. Additional pages in the booklet have space for recording other vaccinations. Prices listed on the WHO website apply only to orders sent directly to WHO. Please note that certificates of vaccination are not sold individually.
Please send your order by fax or email. Direct fax for orders: (+41 22 791 48 57), or email bookorders.

Postal Address:
CH-1211 Geneva 27

Alternatively, an updated booklet may be downloaded from the WHO website. Printed copies of this booklet are a valid way to record the vaccination.
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Changes to the Stamps of Accredited Vaccination Centres

Mandatory criteria for information to be included in each state/territory’s official yellow fever vaccination stamp came into force on 15 December 2007. The criteria increases transparency regarding the accreditation status of the clinic, improves traceability of the clinic and clarifies the status of the clinic as a corporate entity.

The following details should be provided on all official stamps:
  • the centre has been accredited as a yellow fever vaccination centre;
  • there is a space for the recording of a unique identified for the clinic (e.g. a registration or I.D. number); and
  • the stamp includes the state or territory where the yellow fever vaccination centre was accredited.

A model of the official yellow fever vaccination stamp is below.
Picture model of official yellow fever vaccination stamp

Note:There are no specific requirements for size and shape of the stamp. However, stamp should fit the assigned column in the vaccination booklet.
The identification number of the accredited clinic and the state/territory by which they are accredited should be written legibly in the space provided within stamp.
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