The Australian Immunisation Register - Immunisation medical exemption form (IM011) is the only approved form in NSW to provide evidence of a medical contraindication to COVID-19 vaccination.

NSW Health advice

  • Children at 6 months to less than 5 years of age who are severely immunocompromised or have disability, as well as those who have complex and/or multiple health conditions that increase their risk of severe COVID-19, are eligible to get vaccinated with the Moderna (Spikevax) COVID-19 vaccine (0.1mg/mL) 6 months to <6 years formulation.
  • Everyone 5 years and over in NSW is eligible to get vaccinated.
  • The Pfizer (Comirnaty) vaccine is approved for use in people aged 5 years and over. The Moderna (Spikevax) vaccine is approved for use in people aged 6 months and over. The AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) vaccine is approved for use in people aged 18 years and over. Novavax (Nuvaxovid) is approved for people aged 18 years and over.
  • The COVID-19 vaccines are available through NSW Health clinics, participating general practices and pharmacies and Aboriginal Medical Services.
  • The Pfizer (Comirnaty) and Moderna (Spikevax) vaccines are the preferred COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy. Novavax may also be considered.

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Vaccination clinics

These are supporting documents for the NSW Health Policy Directive PD2022_040 - Standard operating procedure for administration of COVID-19 vaccines in NSW vaccination clinics (updated 2 September 2022).

Authorities and licences

COVID-19 vaccine administration system downtime form

COVID-19 vaccine administration system downtime form

Contraindication form

From 25 February 2022, the Australian Immunisation Register - immunisation medical exemption form (IM011) is the only approved form in NSW to provide evidence of a medical contraindication to COVID-19 vaccination.

The NSW COVID-19 vaccine medical contraindication form is no longer valid from 25 February 2022. A NSW COVID-19 vaccine medical contraindication form issued by a medical practitioner to a person before this date remains valid.

ATAGI has provided Guidance on temporary medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccines for medical practitioners which covers the completion of the Australian Immunisation Register - Immunisation medical exemption form (IM011).

If a person has had COVID-19 and has fully recovered, there is no need to delay vaccination.

Medical practitioners should consult the latest ATAGI clinical guidance for further information on medical contraindications.

Adverse events

Serious adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) are notifiable conditions in NSW. Healthcare providers are required to report any serious AEFI to NSW Health and the Therapeutic Goods Administration. More information is available on Adverse events following immunisation (AEFI).

Training resources

Training modules are available for clinical staff including:

More information

Current as at: Monday 19 September 2022
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