Pneumococcal Vaccination

Pneumococcal Information

Pneumococcal is a bacterial infection which can cause pneumonia, bloodstream infection and meningitis. It is especially serious for young children and older people.

Vaccination is a safe and effective way to protect yourself from serious disease caused by pneumococcal.

The number of pneumococcal vaccine doses you require will be determined by your immuniser after review of your circumstance and vaccination history.

Who is recommended to receive a Pneumococcal vaccination?

  • People aged 70 years and over
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and over
  • Children, adolescents and adults with risk conditions for pneumococcal disease
  • Routine vaccination in infants and children (not available in pharmacy)

Who is eligible for a free Pneumococcal vaccination in a pharmacy?

  • People aged 70 years and over
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and over

Please note, NIP vaccines can be limited, and not all pharmacies or pharmacist immunisers will have access to these free vaccines at the time of your appointment.

If you believe you may be eligible for a free vaccine, it is recommended that you speak with your pharmacist prior to making your appointment to confirm availability of the free vaccine.

If you do not meet the NIP eligibility, or the pharmacy does not have the free vaccines available at the pharmacy, they will discuss your options with you.

For more information on the Pneumococcal virus and vaccination please click here.

We may disclose your personal information to third parties for a purpose directly related to your vaccine administration. This includes (but is not limited to) disclosure of your personal information to the Australian Immunisation Register, Medicare, Pharmacy Programs Administrator, medical personnel who are the service providers of the immunisation, other third parties as required by law. We may additionally use and disclose your personal information in accordance with our privacy policy which can be found here.

General information only. This information does not replace the information provided by your healthcare professional. Information current as at date of publishing. Report any errors to [email protected]