We provide free immunisation for infants, children and adults each month. Book an appointment, find out about vaccinations and our sessions schedule.
Book an appointment
You need to make an appointment for an immunisation session.
The City uses VaxApp to:
- Book and manage individual and family appointments online
- Provide digital consent during the booking process
- Send reminders to book future appointments
We are following the recommended COVID-safe Immunisation Clinic guidelines.
Please wear a mask if you are 12 years or older.
Please observe social distancing of 1.5 metres whilst within the clinic for the safety of everyone.
We are committed to immunising our community and if you are in a situation where you cannot meet the above requirements, please contact us and we are happy to discuss alternative arrangements with you.
We provide free immunisation for infants and children in accordance with the National Immunisation Program.
Please bring all documentation related to your child’s previous vaccinations and (if available) your child's green Maternal Health record (My Health Learning & Development Record).
If you have received a letter from the Department of Human Services (Centrelink) informing you that your child is overdue for vaccination, which may affect your payments, please contact either your GP or our immunisation team.
School entry immunisation certificate
Your child must have an immunisation status certificate to enrol in primary school.
School entry immunisation status certificates can only be obtained from:
- The Australian Immunisation Register (formerly known as the Australian Immunisation Childhood Register, ACIR) phone 1800 653 809
- Medicare Australia Office - Online at Services Australia
You will receive a history statement from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) after your child has completed the 4-year-old vaccine. This history statement is used as the school entry immunisation status certificate.
If your child has completed all immunisations but you have not received a history statement call AIR on 1800 653 809 to find out why.
If for some reason your child's immunisation records are incomplete or missing contact AIR or your GP, or contact our immunisation team.
We provide secondary school immunisations in accordance with the National Immunisation Program (NIP).
Year 7 students are eligible to receive vaccinations against:
- Diphtheria, Whooping Cough (Pertussis) and Tetanus - Boostrix/Adacel
- Human papillomavirus - Gardasil vaccine
Year 10 students are eligible to receive vaccination against:
- Meningococcal ACWY - Nimenrix
We offer the Whooping Cough vaccination to pregnant mothers from 20 weeks gestation. Other family members should see their GP for this vaccination.
The flu vaccine for 2023 is available for the following eligible adults:
- All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- All adults aged 65 years and over. If you have a chronic medical condition we would prefer that you see your GP as we do not have access to your medical records
- Pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy)
If you do not meet these criteria for the free flu vaccine, please contact your local GP to arrange your vaccine privately.
For more information, visit www.health.gov.au/health-topics/immunisation
Japanese Encephalitis Virus vaccine
Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) vaccines to eligible people residing in Greater Bendigo.
Please note there is a state-wide shortage of JEV vaccine.
Due to a state-wide shortage of JEV vaccine, as per the Department of Health directive, the City of Greater Bendigo is only permitted to administer the Live attenuated vaccine (Imojev).
Imojev is contraindicated in pregnant women and immunocompromised people and is not licensed for use in children under 9 months of age. If you are needing the inactivated vaccine (JEspect) it is only available through your local GP.
Shingles (herpes zoster) vaccine
The shingles vaccine Shingrix® is only available through your local GP at this stage.
We are awaiting confirmation from the Department of Health as to when it will be available through Local Government immunisation services.
A 2-dose course of Shingrix® will be available free for:
- People aged 65 years and over
- First Nations people aged 50 years and over
- Immunocompromised people aged 18 years and over with certain medical conditions:
- Haemopoietic stem cell transplant
- Solid organ transplant
- Haematological malignancy
- Advanced or untreated HIV
Certain exclusions will apply for those that may have had a Zostavax vaccine.
More information on Shingles - Better Health Channel
If you have recently moved to Australia and your child has been vaccinated overseas please contact us before attending our public immunisation session.
Bendigo Community Health Services (BCHS) offer a sharp container exchange service, where you can drop off full containers and collect a new empty container for the safe disposal of your sharps.
In central Bendigo this is located at BCHS via the Hopetoun St car park entry – the large yellow bin, after dropping off your full bin please collect a replacement container from inside the BCHS offices which front 165-171 Hargreaves Street during business hours.
In Eaglehawk please drop off in the large yellow bin at the entry to BCHS, 3 Seymoure Street, Eaglehawk and collect a replacement container from reception.
In Heathcote please drop off to Heathcote Health office main entry reception and they will provide a replacement container.
The City of Greater Bendigo does not accept full containers or provide empty containers.