In addition to the 3 doses for all children <5 years of age, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living in the following states and territories are recommended to receive an additional dose of 13vPCV at 6 months of age: 

  • Northern Territory
  • Queensland
  • South Australia 
  • Western Australia 

This is because of the higher risk of pneumococcal disease in these children.1

These children are also recommended to receive 2 doses of 23vPPV:

  • 1 dose at 4 years of age
  • a 2nd dose at least 5 years later

This is because a considerable proportion of pneumococcal disease in these children is caused by serotypes that are present in 23vPPV but not in 13vPCV.

For children aged >12 months who have not completed a full course of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines, the timing and number of further doses for catch-up vaccination depends on: 

  • the child’s age
  • any previous doses they received 

For recommendations, see Table. Catch-up schedule for 13vPCV for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living in NT, Qld, SA or WA ONLY, and all children with any risk condition(s) for pneumococcal disease, aged <5 years.

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Last updated: 
27 May 2020
Last reviewed: 
27 May 2020


13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine
23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine