Notification of adverse events following immunisation

Any medical or nurse practitioner who becomes aware of an adverse event following immunisation (AEFI) must notify the Director of Communicable Disease Control Directorate (CDCD) at the Western Australian Department of Health.

Relevant legislation

The statutory requirement to notify adverse events after immunisation is specified in the Public Health Act 2016 (external site) and the Public Health Regulations 2017 (external site).

Responsibility for notification

The medical or nurse practitioner who becomes aware of an adverse event following immunisation (AEFI) has a statutory responsibility to notify the WA Department of Health within 72 hours of diagnosis.

Who must be notified

Under the Public Health Act 2016 (external site) the Chief Health Officer must be notified, with delegation to the Director of Communicable Disease Control Directorate (CDCD) at the WA Department of Health. 

Notifications are made through the Western Australian Vaccine Safety Surveillance system (external site) which is monitored by the Director of CDCD.

How to notify

Notifications should be made to the Director of Communicable Disease Control Directorate (CDCD) at the WA Department of Health using the WA Vaccine Safety Surveillance (WAVSS) system (external site).

Alternative ways to report an AEFI:

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