Adverse Events Following Immunisation now notifiable

14 April 2021

As of 13 April 2021, an adverse event following immunisation (AEFI) is a notifiable condition in South Australia pursuant to section 63(2) of the South Australian Public Health Act 2011. Medical practitioners and diagnostic laboratories are legally required to notify AEFI.

An AEFI refers to any untoward medical occurrence that follows immunisation, whether expected or unexpected, and whether triggered by a vaccine or only coincidentally occurring after receipt of a vaccine.

All immunisation providers should notify any serious or unexpected AEFI, or any AEFI which resulted in healthcare attendance to SA Health. Members of the public are also able to report.

The South Australian Vaccine Safety Surveillance System (SAVSS) monitors AEFI for South Australia. All received reports are also sent to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

Doctors are required to:

  • Be alert for any persistent, unexpected or severe AEFI, related to any vaccine.
  • Notify serious or unexpected AEFI, or any AEFI which resulted in healthcare attendance to SA Health.
    • Use the online Vaccine Reaction Report Form. On completion of the online report form, a lodgement number will be issued. If you have provided an email address, the option to receive confirmation including your lodgement number by email, is available. There is also an option to print a copy of your report.
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    • Telephone the Immunisation Section, Communicable Disease Control Branch between 8.30am – 5.00pm work days on 1300 232 272. Serious AEFI related to the COVID vaccine can also be reported on this number outside of business hours.
  • See Immunisation for health professionals for further information.

For all enquires please contact the CDCB on 1300 232 272 (24 hours/7 days)

Dr Louise Flood – Director, Communicable Disease Control Branch