Immunisation register 'needs fix' to record medical risk factors

Recent events including COVID-19 have exposed the limitations of the register, immunisation advocates say

The usefulness of the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) is flawed by the inability of providers to record patients’ medical risk factors including pregnancy, researchers say.

They’ve called on the government to upgrade the AIR to enable ‘essential’ recording of underlying medical conditions that qualify patients for targeted vaccination programs — and potentially to pay GPs for providing the extra information.

Reporting influenza vaccination to the AIR has been mandatory since 1 March and reporting all