In Victoria, Japanese encephalitis vaccine is available free-of-charge for specific priority groups, including people who may be exposed to the virus where they work.

Who JE vaccine is recommended for?

In Victoria, JE vaccine is available free-of-charge and recommended for:

High-risk local government areas
People aged 2 months or older who live or routinely work in any of the following local government areas of Campaspe, Gannawarra, Greater Shepparton, Indigo, Loddon, Mildura, Moira, Swan Hill, Wodonga, Towong, Benalla, Wangaratta and Strathbogie AND:

  • Spend significant time outdoors (four hours per day), for unavoidable  work, recreational, educational or other essential activities; OR
  • Living in temporary or flood damaged accommodation (e.g. camps, tents, dwellings exposed to the external environment) that place them at increased risk of exposure to mosquitoes; OR
  • Are engaged in the prolonged outdoor recovery efforts (clean up) of stagnant waters following floods.*

*Vaccination can be administered after arrival in flood affected areas to those from other regions deployed for prolonged recovery efforts.

The risk of exposure to mosquitoes is low at an elevation of greater than 500 metres. Therefore, JE vaccination is only recommended for individuals who spend significant time outdoors below this elevation in these LGAs.

No restriction to local government areas

  • People who work at, reside at, or have a planned non-deferable visit to a:
    • piggery, including but not limited to farm workers and their families (including children aged 2 months and older) living at the piggery, transport workers, veterinarians and others involved in the care of pigs
    • property that has been confirmed to be infected with JE virus
    • property suspected to be infected with JE virus
    • pork abattoir or pork rendering plant.
  • personnel who work directly with mosquitoes through their surveillance (field or laboratory based) or control and management, and indirectly through management of vertebrate mosquito-borne disease surveillance systems (e.g., sentinel animals) such as:
    • environmental health officers and workers (urban and remote)
    • entomologists
  • all diagnostic and research laboratory workers who may be exposed to the virus, such as persons working with JE virus cultures or mosquitoes with the potential to transmit JE virus; as per the Australian Immunisation Handbook.

To view the eligibility check list, click here

Japanese encephalitis vaccinations will be available at selected Jabba the Bus visits over the coming months. Check out the Jabba the Bus schedule COVID-19 Vaccination Bus | Goulburn Valley Health (gvhealth.org.au) to see if there are any stops in your area providing Japanese encephalitis vaccinations for priority groups.