Ou vaccination bus “Jabba” has returned in 2023 with a dedicated Japanese encephalitis vaccination program for priority high-risk communities and organisations only. Members from the general public can organise JEV Vaccinations via council run clinics:
JE vaccine eligibility
In Victoria, JE vaccine is available free-of-charge for:
People aged 2 months or older who live or routinely work in any of the high risk LGAs of Campaspe, Gannawarra, Greater Shepparton, Indigo, Loddon, Mildura, Moira, Swan Hill, Wodonga, Towong, Benalla, Wangaratta and Strathbogie, AND:
- regularly spend any amount of time engaging in outdoor activities that place them as risk of mosquito bites, OR
- are experiencing homelessness, OR
- are living in conditions with limited mosquito protection (e.g. tents, caravans, dwellings with no insect screens), OR
- are engaging in outdoor flood recovery (clean-up) efforts, including repeated professional or volunteer deployments.
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 or suspected to to be infected with JE virus
- pork abattoir or pork rendering plant.
OR people who work directly with mosquitoes through their surveillance or control and management, and indirectly through management of vertebrate mosquito-borne disease surveillance systems
Priority local government areas include, Campaspe, Gannawarra, Greater Shepparton, Indigo, Loddon, Mildura, Moira, Swan Hill, Wodonga, Towong and now Benalla, Wangaratta, and Strathbogie.