Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way to protect people against certain diseases.
The risks of these diseases are far greater than the very small risks of immunisation. Immunisation protects children (and adults) against harmful infections before they come into contact with them in the community. Immunisation uses the body's natural defence mechanism, the immune response, to build resistance to specific infections.
The City of Hobart conducts free immunisation clinics for children on the second Wednesday of each month in the Town Hall, Elizabeth Street Conference Room, 50 Macquarie Street, Hobart. No appointment is necessary. You can access the conference room from the Town Hall car park, where you can park for free.
We offer one adult vaccination: dTpa (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis) at $60 per dose. This vaccination is important for parents, grandparents and extended family members with babies as it helps to protect the baby against pertussis (whooping cough).
The payment for the dTpa vaccine can be made at the Hobart Council Centre, 16 Elizabeth Street, Hobart and the receipt bought with you on clinic day.
Council also offers the Shingles vaccine (Zostavax) for 71 – 79 years (until 31 October 2021) and Pneumococcal (Prevenar 13) for 70 years and over. Both are free vaccines.
There are also free flu vaccines available for children from 6 months to under 5 years and for people over 65 years.
10 – 11.30 am – Infants and preschool children
11.30 am – 12 pm – School-aged children and adults (65 years and over)
Upcoming clinic dates
- Wednesday 12 May 2021
- Wednesday 9 June 2021
- Wednesday 14 July 2021
- Wednesday 11 August 2021
- Wednesday 8 September 2021
- Wednesday 13 October 2021
- Wednesday 10 November 2021
- Wednesday 10 December 2021
School Based Immunisation Programs
The City of Hobart is undertaking school-based immunisation programs for Year 7 students (human papillomavirus (HPV) and diptheria, tetanus & pertussis (dTpa) and for Year 10 students (meningococcal ACWY).
Every time a child is immunised the information should be recorded in the Personal Health Record given to parents in the hospital or birth centre after a baby is born. It is important to keep these records as a reminder of when immunisations are due and to check which children in the family are immunised if there is an outbreak of disease. You may also need to show these records when your child starts school. The Personal Health Record and clinic records are completed by the doctor, nurse or health worker giving the immunisation.
Details of immunisations are sent to the Australian Immunisation Register, which is a national database for recording details of vaccinations given in Australia. You can phone the register on 1800 653 809 (free call) for information about your child's vaccination status regardless of where in Australia the vaccination was given.
For more information on our monthly immunisation clinics and school immunisation programs contact us on 03 6238 2715. The Australian Government Department of Health website also has current up to date immunisation information.