With the ongoing restrictions due to COVID 19, the Influenza season for 2021, the Mount District Barker Council will be prioritizing our resources to ensure we vaccinate the most vulnerable members of our community against Influenza.
The Influenza clinics will commence once SA Health announce the delivery date of the 2021 flu vaccine and will be by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling our Immunisation team on 8393 6421. Drop in clients will not be accepted to ensure social distancing regulations are maintained.
Community members who do not fit into the medically at risk criteria are strongly encouraged to contact local pharmacies (aged 10-64 years of age only) or their local Doctor for Influenza vaccines.
Thank you for your understanding of the ongoing challenges in this current climate.
Public Immunisation Clinic dates/times/locations at this time remain the same. Tuesday clinics will be at the Polo Grounds Clubhouse, 3 Polo Drive, Mount Barker. Monday clinics which are held once a month are held at the Willows Childrens Centre Please refer to the timetable below for details. Alternatively you can download the timetable. If you have any enquiries or would like to make an appointment, please call 8391 7222.
Polo Grounds Clubhouse
Polo Grounds Clubhouse
Willows Children's Centre
(Anzac Day observed)
Mount Barker District Council supports the health and wellbeing of the community by providing a safe, accessible and cost-effective Immunisation service in order to prevent the spread of disease. All vaccines funded under the National Immunisation Program are free to Medicare card holders only. Please bring your Medicare card and blue book/vaccination history to each visit. Limited non funded vaccines (Influenza and Whooping Cough vaccines) are available at most clinics and must be paid for on the day. Please phone to check the availability of these vaccines before coming to the clinic Ph 8391 7222.
We offer weekly public clinics for government funded vaccines as per the National Immunisation Program (South Australian Schedule). To view the program, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au
We also offer an onsite School Based Immunisation Program for eligible high school students in the Mount Barker District. For more information on the School Immunisation Program visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au
Please note that due to increasing demand for our drop in public Immunisation clinics we may need to close the clinics 15 minutes before the advertised closure time to allow us to attend to all clients presenting earlier.
If your child is attending Council’s clinic and is under the age of 16, they must be accompanied by an adult and their parent/legal guardian must consent to the vaccine(s) in writing. If you are unable to attend with your child you can complete Council’s consent form Consent - Childhood Schedule(33 kb) and send it with the adult who accompanies the child. Immunisation will only proceed if we are sure that we have valid and informed consent (we may need to contact the parent/legal guardian via phone on the day).
We are unable to give vaccines not purchased through our service and we are not able to provide travel vaccines or vaccines to Non Medicare card holders. Please see your GP for these. All vaccines provided through the National Immunisation Program are available at each Clinic.
NO JAB NO PAY - National Immunisation Program Expansion
From 1st July 2017 individuals aged 10 years up to and including 19 years of age may be eligible (with medicare card) to receive catch-up childhood vaccines as per the National Immunisation Program free of charge through our service. School vaccines may also be free for teens. Please ring for an appointment to ensure we have the time needed to plan a catch-up program and to ensure that the correct vaccines are available. Please bring all prior vaccine records with you to the clinic.
School Immunisation Program 2021
Council offers onsite school vaccination program to high school students in the Mount Barker District. In 2021 Year 8 students will be offered Human Papillomavirus vaccine (Gardasil 9) and Diphtheria, Tetanus and Whooping cough vaccine (Boostrix). In 2021 Year 10 students will be offered Meningococcal B vaccine (Bexsero) and Meningococcal ACWY vaccine (Nimenrix). Information packs (including consent forms) will be sent home from school to all parents/legal guardians in week 1 of Term 1. Please contact your child’s school for extra consent forms or for the dates of the scheduled Immunisation visits. These vaccines are also available at our public clinics if preferred or if your child is absent from school on the scheduled Immunisation visit.
SA Government Funded Meningococcal B Immunisation Program
Free Meningococcal B vaccines are available (for a limited time) for eligible children and young adults that are residents of South Australia and have a Medicare card. Please refer to the SA Health website for further information including recommendations for eligible age groups. These vaccines can be accessed through your local GP or our Immunisation service. Please note that children less than 2 years of age are strongly recommended to be given an age appropriate dose of paracetamol 30 minutes before Immunisation followed by further doses post vaccination (please seek advice from your immunisation provider regarding this recommendation).
Free government funded vaccinations for Influenza are available for the following people who are medically at risk; people with an eligible chronic medical condition, pregnant women, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders (aged from 6 months), children aged from 6 months to under 5 years of age or those 65 years of age or older. If you are not eligible for the government funded Influenza vaccine please see your GP (all ages from 6 months) or local pharmacy (if aged between 10-64 years) for an Influenza vaccine. The vaccine is available as a 4 strain vaccine and is recommended for everyone over 6 months of age. Please note that the Influenza vaccine is an inactivated vaccine that cannot cause Influenza.
Whooping Cough Vaccinations
A funded vaccination for Whooping Cough (which includes Diphtheria and Tetanus) is now available for women during the third trimester (20 weeks onwards) of each pregnancy to provide better protection for young babies who are most at risk of Whooping Cough. These are available at all of our clinics. Vaccination against Whooping Cough is strongly recommended for anyone in regular contact with infants and can be purchased privately for family members.
Immunisation is important for everyone and adults may need extra vaccines due to different life stages. A funded vaccine for Shingles prevention is available from 1st November 2016 for those aged 70. A single funded catch-up dose is available for 71-79 year olds until 2021. Please see your GP or contact us for further information.
We encourage you to contact us with any questions about Immunisation. SA Health Immunisation Department can be contacted Ph 1300 232 272 for further information regarding Immunisation.
Council’s Immunisation phone service is available from Monday to Wednesday on Ph 8391 7222. Please leave a message and we will return your call. Please note we are often out of the office attending to clinics and school visits, but will endeavour to return your call as soon as practical.