Changes to pneumococcal vaccines for older and Indigenous Australians

26 June 2020

Australians over 70 years and Indigenous Australians over 50 years may get a free pneumococcal vaccine.

From 1 July 2020, the last vaccine in the adult pneumococcal schedule will change. The vaccine 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide (PNB) will be 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate (PNT). Adult pneumococcal doses show as V01 on the AIR.

From 1 July 2020, new age schedule rules apply to Australians born from 1/7/1950. PNT will be due for older Australians at 70 years and Indigenous Australians at 50 years.

The national due and overdue rules show the vaccines due in the age schedule. Patients get a letter from the AIR for any eligible vaccines 1 month after they meet the age schedule.

Record patient information on the AIR using your practice software or the AIR site. Vaccines you record on the AIR will show on your patient’s immunisation history. We need your help to keep patient records updated.

Patients may need an immunisation history statement for their employment, travel or entry to some places. COVID-19 guidelines require all people entering aged care facilities to show they had the flu vaccine.

Patients can get their immunisation history statement using their Medicare online account through myGov or the Express Plus Medicare mobile app. Or you can print a copy for them from the AIR site.

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Page last updated: 26 June 2020