Free influenza vaccination program June 2022

From 1 to 30 June 2022, the Government of Western Australia is offering a reimbursement for influenza vaccinations administered by GP clinics, community pharmacies and other immunisation providers interested in maximising their capacity to deliver influenza vaccines across WA.

For all influenza vaccines administered in June, the Government of Western Australia is offering:

  • GP clinics and Aboriginal Medical Services (AMS) that are registered for the program:
    • $22 per privately purchased vaccine (for non-NIP eligible recipients); and
    • a one-off grant payment of $2,000 to practices, subject to meeting eligibility criteria.
  • Community pharmacies who are under an SLA agreement with the Pharmacy Guild of WA:
    • $22 for each privately purchased vaccine; and
    • $17 for each government-funded vaccine.

This is a time-limited program during June 2022, which aims to maximise the protection of the WA community from influenza by enabling all Western Australians to access a free vaccination.

All persons aged 6 months and above are encouraged to get vaccinated for influenza each year.

For persons eligible for government-funded National Immunisation Program (NIP) and state-funded influenza vaccine, GP clinics, AMS and community pharmacies continue to play an important role in improving uptake amongst these vulnerable Western Australians. Vaccination of these people remains the highest priority and every opportunity should be taken to vaccinate the elderly, children, Aboriginal people, pregnant women, and people with at-risk conditions.

Vaccine management and ordering

How to manage your private and government-funded vaccine supply

GP clinics and AMS

  • For persons who are eligible for a free vaccine during June only, you are encouraged to use your private vaccine stock until this runs out and purchase more private vaccines where available.
  • For persons who are usually eligible for a government-funded vaccine (see eligible groups), please continue to provide government-funded vaccines to these groups.
  • Once you have run out of private vaccines, government-funded vaccines are available to order through the usual Onelink ordering process (external site).
  • Please note that GP clinics and AMS cannot claim reimbursement for government-funded vaccines provided to persons eligible for a free vaccine during June only.

Community pharmacies

  • For persons who are eligible for a free vaccine during June only, you may use either your private supply or your government-funded vaccines.
  • For persons who are usually eligible for a government-funded vaccine (see eligible groups) please continue to provide government supplied vaccines to these groups.
  • Government-funded vaccines are available to order through the usual Onelink ordering process (external site).

How to order government-funded vaccines for the Free Influenza Vaccination Program June 2022

  • In your Onelink (external site) vaccine ordering account under the 'My Account' tab, check that all your account details are correct, including the shipping address. Please contact Onelink (external site) if your details need to be updated.
  • Under 'Order templates', choose ‘Influenza – WA Free Influenza Vaccination Program June 2022’
  • Place your order.
  • If you think you have the wrong template, please contact vaccineorders@health.wa.gov.au

Additional information

  • You can order influenza vaccines for this program at the same time as other influenza vaccines.
  • The vaccines for this program are arriving over the next 3 weeks.
  • Ordering restrictions will apply and may change at any time.
  • Vaccines can be ordered weekly to help providers manage their supply.
  • Depending on demand, delivery delays may occur. Please look out for your despatch email from Onelink following which you can expect your delivery within 24–48 hours, depending on your location.
  • Please do not book clinic appointments until you have the vaccines in your fridge.
  • Please contact vaccineorders@health.wa.gov.au with any ordering limit queries.
Reimbursement information

Influenza vaccines administered from 1 June to 30 June 2022 are eligible for reimbursement.

The reimbursement program ensures that GP clinics and community pharmacies can continue to use influenza vaccines that they have already purchased and to offer these to patients free-of-charge.

General practice

The WA Department of Health will manage payments to GP clinics.

GP clinics may claim reimbursement for vaccine administrations only, or for vaccine administrations and the one-off grant. However, GP clinics cannot apply for the one-off grant only.

To be eligible for reimbursements and the one-off grant payment, GP clinics will need to:

  • have an existing Onelink vaccine ordering account, and
  • register for the program before 5pm Thursday 30 June 2022; invitations to register will be sent to GP clinics' Onelink account email addresses. Please contact vaccineorders@health.wa.gov.au if you did not receive a registration email.

GP clinics who are registered for the program can claim:

1. Reimbursement for privately purchased vaccinations, which will require the following evidence:

  • proof of purchase of influenza vaccine for the 2022 season, indicating quantity and type of vaccine; and
  • for each vaccine administered:
    1. brand of vaccine, e.g. Afluria Quad, Fluarix Tetra
    2. date of vaccine administration
    3. immunisation provider number

2. The one-off grant payment will be paid to clinics that can demonstrate the following:

  • metropolitan clinics that have provided a minimum of 50 influenza vaccinations, to NIP and non-NIP eligible persons in June; evidence for each vaccine administered as described above; or
  • regional clinics that have provided a minimum of 20 influenza vaccinations, to NIP and non-NIP eligible persons in June, evidence for each vaccine administered as described above

    and

  • metropolitan and regional clinics that can demonstrate additional activities undertaken to support and promote the program, which will be assessed using the following evidence:
    1. dates and times of extra clinic hours during June
    2. details of extra staffing requirements during June
    3. details of extra promotional strategies employed e.g. email / SMS reminders, offering routine opportunistic vaccination, social media posts, phone calls.

Any reimbursement claims or grant applications are subject to review, and the WA Department of Health reserves the right to investigate and reject any claims for reimbursement or grant applications.

Although billing practices remain at the discretion of individual providers, it is expected that a consultation directly related to the vaccine administration under this program does not result in a cost to the patient.

Community pharmacy

Aboriginal Medical Services

The WA Department of Health will manage payments to Aboriginal Medical Services (AMS).

AMS may register for the reimbursement program only, the reimbursement program and the one-off grant, or for the one-off grant only.

To be eligible for reimbursements and the one-off grant payment, GP clinics will need to:

  • have an existing Onelink vaccine ordering account, and
  • register for the program before 5pm Thursday 30 June 2022; invitations to register will be sent to AMS Onelink account email addresses. Please contact vaccineorders@health.wa.gov.au if you did not receive a registration email,

Claims require the same evidence and follow the same process as outlined for GP clinics above.

Frequently asked questions

Who can access a free influenza vaccination during June?

All Western Australians over the age of six months are eligible to receive a free influenza vaccine from 1 June to 30 June 2022.

Some priority groups are eligible for a free influenza vaccination every year through the National Immunisation Program (NIP).

How do I know which vaccine to administer?

GP clinics: For persons who are eligible for a free vaccine for June only, you are encouraged to use your private vaccine stock until this runs out and purchase more private vaccines where available.

Community pharmacies and AMS: For persons who are eligible for a free vaccine for June only, you may use either your private supply or your government-funded vaccines.

For persons who are usually eligible for a government-funded vaccine (see eligible groups), please continue to provide government-funded vaccines to these groups.

Are there any changes under the National Immunisation Program (NIP)?

There are no changes for people already eligible under the NIP and they should continue to access the influenza vaccine. Vaccination of NIP-eligible people and improving uptake amongst these vulnerable Western Australians is the highest priority. Every opportunity should be taken to vaccinate the elderly, children, Aboriginal people, pregnant women, and people with at-risk conditions. See Eligible groups.

Can people receive their COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as their influenza vaccine?

Yes.

Do people have to be a WA resident to qualify to receive a free vaccination in June?

No, this program is available to everyone in WA including interstate visitors.

Are non-Medicare card holders able to access a free vaccination in June?

Yes. Everyone over the age of six months can access a free influenza vaccination, including those who do not have a Medicare card. People without a Medicare card will be encouraged to access the service through pharmacies or COVID-19 community vaccination clinics, as the cost of administration is subsidised for all influenza vaccine recipients through these services.

How is this being funded?

The initiative is being funded by the Government of Western Australia. Although billing practices for GP clinics remain at the discretion of individual providers, it is expected that a consultation directly related to the vaccine administration under this scheme does not result in a cost to the patient. Similarly, pharmacies and AMS should not charge an administration fee to any person receiving an influenza vaccine.

I’m an immunisation provider, how do I order government-funded influenza vaccines for persons eligible in June?

GP clinics: When you have run out of private vaccines for persons eligible in June only and cannot order any more, government-funded vaccines are available to order.

Community pharmacies and AMS: Government-funded vaccines are available to order.

  • GP clinics and community pharmacies can order government-funded vaccines through the usual Onelink process.
  • Under the 'My Account' tab, check that all your account details are correct, including the shipping address. Please contact Onelink if your details need to be updated.
  • Under 'Order templates', choose “Influenza – WA Free Flu for non-NIP cohorts” and place your order. If you think you have the wrong template, please contact vaccineorders@health.wa.gov.au

I am a non-government immunisation provider but not a GP clinic or a community pharmacy, can I seek reimbursement for administering influenza vaccines in June?

Other immunisation providers should email vaccineorders@health.wa.gov.au to check their eligibility.

AMS can seek reimbursement for administering non-NIP influenza vaccines in June.

My patient has already paid for and received their influenza vaccination. Can they be reimbursed?

No. This is a time-limited program, and available to people in Western Australia who have not already received the influenza vaccine in 2022. Reimbursement for previous vaccinations will not be provided.

Will free influenza vaccinations be available through all COVID-19 community vaccination clinics?

Yes, free influenza vaccinations are available at all COVID-19 community vaccination clinics. For clinic locations and times, please visit Roll Up For WA.

Who can I speak to if I have queries about this program?

Please call 13 COVID (13 26843) for program queries.

For further information, please email immunisation@health.wa.gov.au or visit influenza immunisation program.

Current WA Immunisation Schedule

WA Immunisation Schedule, valid from 1 June–30 June 2022.

Contact

Please call 13 COVID (13 26843) for program queries.

For further information:

Email: immunisation@health.wa.gov.au

Visit: Influenza immunisation

More information

Last reviewed: 14-06-2022