2021 NIP influenza vaccination program
Influenza vaccines through the National Immunisation Program (NIP) became available in April 2021. Timing may be different for your local area. You can order vaccines through the usual channels in your state or territory.
Vaccination experts recommend influenza vaccination for all people aged 6 months and over (unless contraindicated). The National Immunisation Program (NIP) funds influenza vaccines for people most at risk.
Advice for vaccination providers
- Order 2021 influenza vaccines: NIP vaccine distribution is through the usual channels in your state or territory. Contact your state or territory immunisation program with any questions about ordering influenza vaccines.
- Support scheduling of vaccinations: When scheduling influenza and COVID‑19 vaccinations:
- People in earlier phases for COVID-19 vaccination should have the COVID-19 vaccine as soon they can, and then plan their influenza vaccination.
- People in later phases for COVID-19 vaccination should have the influenza vaccine as soon as they can, and then have the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to them.
- Check COVID-19 vaccination status: Before booking and administering an influenza vaccine, check to ensure a minimum interval of 7 days between a dose of influenza vaccine and a dose of COVID-19 vaccine is observed. In some situations a shorter interval (including co-administration) is acceptable.
- Ensure vaccine safety: Use the correct influenza vaccine for your patient’s age, and always check the patient’s age before vaccination.
- Report to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR): From 1 March 2021, it is mandatory for vaccination providers to report to the AIR all influenza vaccinations administered.
- Promote the free vaccine to eligible people: Promotional materials including posters and brochures are being distributed to practices. Download these resources from the Influenza collection.
Resources for vaccination providers
- Reference guide – 2021 NIP influenza vaccines
- Clinical advice for vaccination providers – 2021 influenza vaccines
- Clinical advice for vaccination providers – influenza vaccines for pregnant women
- ATAGI Statement – administration of seasonal influenza vaccines in 2021
- ATAGI Statement – administering influenza and COVID-19 vaccines in 2021
- The Australian Immunisation Handbook – Influenza (flu)
- NCIRS resources for health professionals – Influenza vaccination in 2021
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