Victoria - SAEFVIC

SAEFVIC (Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination In the Community) is Victoria's vaccine safety surveillance service. We are are a public health partnership initiative of the Victorian Immunisation Program funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Victoria.

What is an adverse event?

An AEFI may be due to:

  • A person's response to the vaccine
  • A problem with the system delivering the vaccine (from vaccine distribution through to injection technique)
  • Coincidence, ie. an event that would have happened even if no immunisation was given

DHHS and SAEFVIC strongly encourage providers and consumers to report all unexpected or serious adverse events and vaccination errors to us on-line.

SAEFVIC confidentially collects, analyses and reports data about significant AEFI as part of monitoring vaccine safety in Victoria. Timely reporting to SAEFVIC enables us to quickly detect any potential vaccine or system problems. This helps to ensure Victoria has a safe immunisation program and maintains community confidence.

Contact us

If you have any questions about a previous vaccine reaction or future vaccination, contact our Immunisation Hotline on 1300 882 924 (option 1).

Note: this is not an emergency management contact. Please see your GP, local Emergency Department, or call 000 if immediate assistance is required.

We also provide specialised immunisation clinics for expert review of vaccinees and to provide clinically supervised vaccinations as necessary. These clinics are primarily held at the following hospitals, but telehealth and satellite services are also available. A a doctor’s referral is required before any appointment can be made.

  • Royal Children's Hospital
  • Monash Children's Hospital
  • Monash Medical Centre (Adults)
  • Sunshine Hospital

Referrals can be sent to:

  • Email: saefvic@mcri.edu.au (preferred option)
  • Fax: (03) 9345 4163
  • Post: SAEFVIC, Murdoch Children's Research Institute c/-Royal Children's Hospital, Flemington Rd, Parkville, VIC 3052

Useful links