How can parents access the AIR Immunisation History Statement?
The AIR automatically sends an Immunisation History Statement to parents in the mail after the child completes their 4 year old immunisations and the GP/nurse sends the information to the AIR.
Parents may obtain a copy of their child's immunisation details at any time by:
calling the AIR General Enquiries Line on 1800 653 809.
What if a student was vaccinated overseas?
Overseas vaccination records may be recorded by the school. But they are not sufficient to satisfy requirements. The only acceptable record of immunisation is the AIR Immunisation History Statement – i.e. Australian certification. Vaccination records obtained overseas may be recorded by the school for your own information, but are insufficient on their own without the AIR certificate to demonstrate compliance with the requirements.
Schools may provide information for parents of students vaccinated overseas about the implications of not having the required records and advise them to:
- have their overseas immunisation records assessed by an Australian immunisation provider who will transfer the information to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). Parents can then request an AIR Immunisation History Statement,
- or contact the Australian Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809.
If an Immunisation History Statement is subsequently provided by the AIR and the parent gives this to the school, the child’s status on the immunisation register may then be updated.
Do students in OSHC services need to be vaccinated?
No. While Out of School Hours Care services (i.e. for school aged children) are regulated under the Early Childhood Education and Care provisions of the National Law, the NSW Health website notes that children who are enrolled in formal schooling, and who are attending before or after school care (either on school campuses or externally), are subject to requirements for primary school children and are exempt from the immunisation/enrolment requirements that apply to early childhood services such as preschools and long day care centres.