Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination In the Community (SAEFVIC)

SAEFVIC is the vaccine safety surveillance service in Victoria for reporting any significant Adverse events following immunisation. We are a public health partnership initiative of the Victorian Immunisation Program funded by the Department of Health (DH).

SAEFVIC confidentially collects, analyses and reports data about significant AEFI as part of monitoring vaccine safety in Victoria. All reports received are forwarded to the Therapeutic Good Administration (TGA) who closely monitor and assess vaccine safety.

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.

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

What AEFI should be reported?

Any event felt to be significant following immunisation should be reported, regardless of whether you think the side effect was related to the vaccine or not. Vaccination errors should also be reported.

You do not need to report common/minor/expected reactions, however any vaccine reaction which has affected the vaccinee's/family's confidence in future immunisation should be reported.

Who can report an AEFI?

Any vaccinated individual, parents/guardians, immunisation providers or treating medical practitioner can report an AEFI to SAEFVIC.

How to report an AEFI to SAEFVIC online

DHHS and SAEFVIC strongly encourage providers and consumers to report all unexpected or serious adverse events and vaccination errors to us via this database.

For first time users go to the Register tab on this website or if you have previously registered go to the Login tab.

For more information see the Reporting Guide which can also be found on the instructions tab on this website once you log in.

NOTE: If you are not the vaccinee (the person who was immunised) then you will need to gain consent to report before you report unless it is impracticable (ie. for serious errors or AEFI where the vaccinee cannot be contacted immediately OR where the vaccinee is incapable of consent for any reason).

Clinical services

Doctors and nurses reporting significant AEFI will receive advice by phone, email or letter to help clinically manage the future care and immunisation needs of these patients.

Specialised immunisation clinics (including allergy services) are available for further discussion in people who have experienced a significant AEFI. Where suitable, supervised vaccinations will be offered.

Referrals can be sent to:

Contact us

Our operating hours are 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday (except public holidays). The online system is always available.

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

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