Immunisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are able to get extra vaccines for free through the National Immunisation Program (NIP). These extra vaccinations are to protect you against serious disease. They are in addition to other recommended immunisations for each age group.

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About vaccines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are able to get extra immunisations for free through the National Immunisation Program (NIP) to protect you against serious diseases.

These extra immunisations are in addition to all the other routine vaccinations offered throughout life (childrenadults, seniors, pregnancy).

People with medical risk conditions

People with specific medical risk conditions may require additional vaccines. Your doctor will advise if you need any additional vaccines. See more information on the immunisation for people with medical risk conditions page.

Children aged 5 years old or under

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 5 years or under should receive all routine vaccines under the NIP. You can see a list of these vaccines on the Immunisation for children page and on the NIP schedule page.

In addition to the routine childhood vaccines, it is recommended that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 5 years or under have the following additional vaccines.

Meningococcal B

Meningococcal B vaccine is recommended and free under the NIP for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children as part of their routine vaccinations at 2, 4 and 12 months of age.  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who missed out can still get their meningococcal B vaccines for free under the NIP up until they turn 2 years of age. This catch-up program finishes on 30 June 2023.

An extra dose at 6 months is required for infants who have certain medical risk conditions for invasive meningococcal disease. Your doctor or vaccination provider will advise if your child needs this extra dose.

Pneumococcal disease

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who live in Qld, NT, WA and SA are recommended and free under the NIP to receive further doses of pneumococcal vaccine.  These children are funded to receive an extra dose of pneumococcal vaccine 6 months followed by two further doses of pneumococcal vaccine at age 4 years and at least 5 years later.

The type of vaccine used and the dosage schedule will depend on age and any conditions that put people at higher risk of getting pneumococcal disease. Your doctor can tell you which vaccine they will use for your pneumococcal immunisation.

Visit the Pneumococcal immunisation service page for information on receiving the pneumococcal vaccine.

Hepatitis A

Two doses of the hepatitis A vaccine are recommended and free under the NIP for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living in Qld, NT, WA and SA at 18 months and 4 years.

Visit the Hepatitis A immunisation service page for information on receiving the hepatitis A vaccine. 

Influenza

The influenza vaccine is free for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over through the NIP.

Visit the influenza immunisation service page for information on receiving the influenza vaccine. 

Catch up vaccines

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 5 years and under should receive any missed routine childhood vaccinations. Catch-up vaccines are free through the NIP. See the NIP Schedule for more information.

Children aged 5 to 9 years old

Influenza

The influenza vaccine is free for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over through the NIP.

Visit the influenza immunisation service page for information on receiving the influenza vaccine. 

Catch-up vaccines

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 5 to 9 years should receive any missed routine childhood vaccinations. Catch-up vaccines are free through the NIP. See the NIP Schedule for more information.

Children aged 10 to 15 years

Influenza

The influenza vaccine is free for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over through the NIP.

Visit the influenza immunisation service page for information on receiving the influenza vaccine. 

Catch-up vaccines

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 10 to 15 years old should receive any missed routine childhood vaccinations. Catch-up vaccines are free through the NIP. See the NIP Schedule for more information.

Other vaccines

All children should receive routine vaccines for children aged 10 to 15 years old. These are HPV (human papillomavirus) and diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (pertussis), meningococcal ACWY vaccines given through school immunisation programs.

People aged 15 to 49 years old

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 to 19 years old should receive any missed routine childhood vaccinations. Catch-up vaccines are free through the NIP. See the NIP Schedule for more information.

Influenza

The influenza vaccine is free for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over through the NIP.

Visit the influenza immunisation service page for information on receiving the influenza vaccine. 

People aged 50 years old or more

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years old or more should receive any missed routine childhood vaccinations. Catch-up vaccines are free through the NIP. See the NIP Schedule for more information.

Pneumococcal disease

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years old and over are recommended and funded to receive the pneumococcal vaccine (3 doses in total).

Visit the Pneumococcal immunisation service page for information on receiving the pneumococcal vaccine. 

Influenza

The influenza vaccine is free for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over through the NIP.

Visit the influenza immunisation service page for information on receiving the influenza vaccine. 

Last updated: 
23 June 2020

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