Premier Andrews Plugs Free Flu Shots For Victorians As Influenza Cases Surge

“We’ve got to have a plan”

Article heading image for Premier Andrews Plugs Free Flu Shots For Victorians As Influenza Cases Surge


Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says the state government is working towards free flu shots.

Mr Andrews on Wednesday said they were working with pharmacists and doctors to make the flu vaccine free for everyone in the state.

Stay up-to-date on the latest news with Australia Today - keeping you in the loop with news as it hits

It follows Queensland's move earlier in the week to make flu jabs free until June 30, and New South Wales announcing free flu shots on Tuesday, amid escalating influenza rates.

The Victorian premier said the government would make an announcement shortly about increasing the eligibility for a free flu shot.

"We’re working with the Pharmacy Guild and the AMA on that very issue," Mr Andrews said.

"It’s really important that we talk to them, they’re the ones who predominantly undertake that work. They’re the ones who are distributed and actually provide those jabs,

Rising cases of influenza across Victoria have been detected in recent weeks, with almost 12,000 this year so far.

Currently in Victoria, the flu vaccine is free for those considered most at risk, including children aged between six months and five, people aged over 65, pregnant women and those with underlying health conditions.


Join Tom Tilley with regular rotating co-hosts Jan Fran, Annika Smethurst and Jamila Rizvi on The Briefing, Monday - Saturday, for the day's headlines and breaking news as well as hot topics and interviews. Available on Listnr.

25 May 2022

Listen Live!

Up Next