Updated immunisation reference page: Varicella

We have recently updated our varicella reference page.

Varicella (chickenpox) is a highly contagious disease caused by infection with the varicella–zoster virus (VZV).

The updated reference page includes more details on varicella symptoms and transmission, a new section on epidemiology and more comprehensive advice on vaccination (including information on side effects, precautions and contraindications).

MVEC: Varicella

Updated immunisation reference page: MTHFR gene

We have recently updated our reference page on MTHFR gene polymorphisms.

The MTHFR gene is involved in the production of the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) enzyme, which helps the body to break down folate.

People who have MTHFR gene polymorphisms (harmless changes to the gene which are very common) can safely receive vaccines.

The updated reference page reflects up-to-date research showing MTHFR gene polymorphisms do not cause any significant health problems.


Decommission of COVID-19 Vaccination Training Program

The COVID-19 Vaccination Training Program was decommissioned on 30 September 2023. From January 2021 to September 2023, successful completion of this program was mandatory for all providers delivering COVID-19 vaccines.

In Victoria, Secretary Approval from 1 October allows nurse immunisers and pharmacist immunisers to independently deliver COVID-19 vaccines, in addition to medical practitioners. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner immunisers can administer COVID-19 vaccines under the written instruction of a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner or authorised midwife.

Read more on the Victorian Department of Health COVID-19 vaccine page.