Free influenza vaccination program 2022

From 1 August, providers are encouraged to continue to administer government-funded influenza vaccines for all West Australians.

During June and July 2022, all persons in Western Australia had the opportunity to receive a free influenza (flu) vaccination. This initiative was developed to provide greater access to influenza vaccines in 2022 for the WA community, to protect them against influenza.

This program was delivered through participating GPs, community pharmacies, Aboriginal Medical Services (AMSs) and state-led vaccination clinics; other providers could also join the program to provide influenza vaccinations at no cost to patients.

The Department of Health encourages participating GPs, community pharmacies and AMSs to continue providing the WA community with opportunistic vaccinations. You are encouraged to use your remaining government-funded influenza vaccine stocks and order more if required.

Reimbursement information

Although reimbursements are not available from August onwards, providers can continue to provide WA government-funded influenza vaccines to those who are not usually eligible to receive a free vaccination via the National Immunisation Program (NIP) or ongoing state-funded programs, as well as provide government-funded influenza vaccines to eligible persons.

General practice

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

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

To be eligible for reimbursements and the grant payments, GP clinics will need to:

  • have an existing Onelink vaccine ordering account, and
  • register for the program before 5pm Sunday 31 July 2022; invitations to register will be sent to GP clinics' Onelink account email addresses. Please contact influenza.reimbursement@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 grant payment, for each participating month, 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; 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, 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 and July
    2. details of extra staffing requirements during June and July
    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.

Payments to GP clinics and AMSs will be provided in two rounds:

  1. GP clinics and AMSs who registered before 30 June will be sent an email in early July with instructions on how to claim reimbursements for vaccinations provided during June.
  2. All GP clinics and AMSs who registered for the program will be sent an email in August with instructions on how to claim reimbursements for vaccinations provided during July.

Claims for the payment should be made during the month that eligibility is met.

Community pharmacy

Aboriginal Medical Services

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

AMSs 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, AMSs clinics will need to:

  • have an existing Onelink vaccine ordering account, and
  • register for the program before 5pm Sunday 31 July 2022; invitations to register will be sent to AMS Onelink account email addresses. Please contact influenza.reimbursement@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.

Current WA Immunisation Schedule

WA Immunisation Schedule

Contact

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

For further information:

Email: influenza.reimbursement@health.wa.gov.au

Visit: Influenza immunisation

More information

Last reviewed: 01-08-2022