Refugees and other humanitarian entrants

Vaccination is important for all children and adults entering Australia as migrants, refugees or those seeking asylum. If you don’t have a documented history of your immunisation, you may see a doctor or health provider to get your vaccination status determined and updated with a catch-up schedule if necessary.

Catch-ups

Having catch-up vaccinations means people can complete a course of age-appropriate vaccinations in the shortest but most effective timeframe. This provides optimal protection against disease as quickly as possible.

Additional vaccines

The vaccines listed below are recommended in addition to those on the Immunisation Schedule Queensland and are available to refugees and other humanitarian entrants aged 20 years and over, with no documented history of their vaccinations.

Those under 20 years of age are eligible for age appropriate vaccines listed in the Immunisation Schedule Queensland. A catch-up schedule may be required and this needs to be discussed with a doctor or health provider.

Vaccination Schedule

Age Disease Comments
Refugees and other humanitarian entrants aged 20 years and over
(with no documented history)
Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis
  • 3 doses at 0, 1 and 2 months
  • Minimum interval between each dose is 4 weeks
Chickenpox
  • 2 doses
  • Minimum interval between each dose is 4 weeks
Poliomyelitis
  • 3 doses
  • Minimum interval between each dose is 4 weeks
Measles-mumps-rubella
  • 2 doses
  • Minimum interval between dose 1 and dose 2 is 4 weeks
Hepatitis B
  • 3 doses
  • Minimum interval between dose 1 and dose 3 is 4 months
  • Either the 0, 1 and 4 months OR the 0, 2 and 4 months schedule is acceptable

Help with health services

You can get help from a case worker with your medical-related needs. For example, your case worker may be able to book you an appointment with a doctor or immunisation provider.

More information is available from:

  • Mater Refugee Complex Clinic: MRCCC provides primary health care to refugees including asylum seekers and permanent visa holders. You do not need access to Medicare. Visit their website or call 07 3163 2880.
  • World Wellness Group: WWG offer various medical services and have free interpreters. Visit their website.
  • Multicultural Australia: MA provide support to migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Visit their website or call 07 3337 5400.
  • You can also get help for translation and interpreting services by clicking here or calling 131 450.
  • Or to talk to a registered nurse, call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).