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Hospitals not common place for whooping cough vaccine

THE health department has again denied there is a shortage of whooping cough vaccine in Queensland after two hospitals were unable to provide the vaccine to patients.

The department's communicable diseases unit senior director Heidi Carroll said all hospitals involved in the whooping cough vaccination program were responsible for their own ordering and that most vaccinations occurred with private GPs or at medical clinics.

The department stood by its earlier statement that there was no shortage of vaccines in Queensland.

This was despite reports that earlier this week a Gladstone woman was unable to receive the vaccine at Gladstone and Rockhampton hospitals because the hospitals were waiting for an order to come in.

"When GPs or hospital and health services place an order to a Queensland Health vaccine ordering centre, this is processed and the supplier can normally deliver within two business days," Dr Carroll said.

The department also confirmed there had been an increase in demand for the vaccine following the death of a baby in Western Australia.

Hospitals were also not a common place for people to receive the whooping cough vaccinations, Dr Carroll said.

"Of the 3615 vaccinations given to pregnant women (as of March 25), 3437 were given in medical centres/private practices and only 178 in hospitals and health services," she said.

The Department of Health supplies the vaccine to the school and childhood immunisation programs and for pregnant women.

The vaccine for pregnant women is free and provided to GPs and hospital and health services to administer.

The vaccine is sourced from an overseas vaccination company called Sanofi Pasteur. 


Each week the state's communicable diseases unit receives orders for the whooping cough vaccine that are usually delivered within two business days.

Once it is delivered, a notice is sent to the health department.

This is a list of all of the health facilities that received the vaccine in the week leading up to the Easter weekend.

The department was unable to provide a list of all health services that participate in the immunisation program.


North West Private Hospital

Mount Morgan Hospital

Woorabinda Multi-purpose Health Service

Blackwater Hospital

Gemfields Outpatients Clinic

Longreach Hospital

Tambo Primary Health Centre

Isisford Primary Health Centre

Barcaldine Hospital

Aramac Primary Healthcare Centre

Muttaburra Primary Healthcare Centre

Blackall Hospital

Cherbourg Community Hospital

Warwick Hospital

Goondiwindi Health Services

Toowoomba Health Service - Kobi House

Gold Coast University Hospital

John Flynn Hospital

Ayr District Hospital

Mount Isa Base Hospital

Mckinlay Shire Multipurpose Health Service

Ingham Health Service

Bowen Hospital

Hughenden Hospital

Home Hill Hospital

Collinsville MPHS

Coen Primary Health Clinic

Thursday Island Hospital

Weipa Integrated Health Service

Kowanyama Primary Health Care Centre

Cooktown Hospital

Normanton Hospital

Atherton Hospital

Tully Hospital (pharmacy department)

Gurriny Yealamucka Primary Health Care Centre

Hopevale Primary Health Care Centre

Babinda District Hospital

Dimbulah Health Clinic

Mornington Island Health Service

Quilpie Hospital

Injune Multipurpose Health Service

Morven Hospital

St George Hospital

Dirranbandi Multipurpose Health Service

Cunnamulla Hospital

Charleville Hospital

Surat Multi-Purpose Health Service

Ipswich Hospital