School Vaccination Program

The South Eastern Sydney Public Health Unit works in partnership with high schools within the District to offer free vaccines recommended for adolescents by the National Health and Medical Research Council. Where it is not appropriate for a student to receive vaccinations at school, if they are in distance education or home schooled, all individuals aged 10 to 19 years are eligible for free catch-up vaccinations with their local general practitioner. Refugees and humanitarian entrants aged 20 years and over are also eligible for a number of free catch-up vaccinations. 

Covid-19 Update

NSW Health has implemented additional measures based on expert advice to reduce the likelihood of Covid-19 transmission in school clinics. Advice about these additional measures has been developed for parents/guardians and schools

2021 Program Schedule

High Schools

Year Vaccine Number of Doses Eligibility
7 Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (dTpa) 1 All Year 7 students
7 Human Papillomavirus (HPV) (Gardasil9) 2 All Year 7 students
8
(catch-up only)
Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (dTpa) 1 Year 8 students who returned a signed 2020 consent card last year
8
(catch-up only)
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) (Gardasil9) 2 Year 8 students who returned a signed 2020 consent card last year
10 Meningococcal ACWY (4vMenCV) 1 All Year 10 students
11
(catch-up only)
Meningococcal ACWY (4vMenCV) 1 Year 11 students who returned a signed 2020 consent card last year

Students who miss a vaccine clinic will be offered the chance to catch-up any missed doses when the nurses visit the school later in the year. Students in Years 7 and 10 will continue to be offered a catch-up while they are in Year 8 and 11, provided they returned a signed consent while in Year 7 or 10.

Intensive English Centre (IECs)

Age Vaccine Number of Doses
All (refugees & non-refugees) Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) 2
All (refugees & non-refugees) Hepatitis B 2
All (refugees & non-refugees) Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (dTpa) 1
12 year olds (non-refugees) Human Papillomavirus (HPV) (Gardasil9) 2
12-26 year olds (refugees only) Human Papillomavirus (HPV) (Gardasil9) 2 or 3 based on age
Less than 14 year olds (refugees & non-refugees) Varicella 1
15-19 year olds (refugees & non-refugees) Meningococcal ACWY (4vMenCV) 1
All (refugees only) Polio 2

Information about the vaccination is also available in 26 community languages.

Historical School Records

Information on how to access your Immunisation History Statement can be found here.

Immunisation Requirements in School

Principals of primary and secondary schools must request that parents/guardians provide an approved immunisation certificate at enrolment that shows their child's immunisation status. While students can still be enrolled if an approved immunisation certificate is not provided, these children will be classified as unimmunised and may be excluded from school if there is an outbreak of a vaccine preventable disease at the school or if they come into contact with a person with a vaccine preventable disease. 

Contact Us

We are here to support school staff and to provide information to the general community. Please contact us if you have any queries or provide our details to any parent, guardian or student who has concerns or questions that you are unable to assist with.

Email  SESLHD-PublicHealth-SchoolProgram@health.nsw.gov.au
Phone  02 9382 8333 (Option 2)
Postal Address  Locked Bag 88, Randwick NSW 2031

Immunisation Resources