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.  

 

2022 School Program Schedule

Secondary schools 

Students in secondary schools in 2022 are being offered the following vaccines: 

Vaccine 

Year 

Number of Doses 

More Information 

Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (dTpa)  Boostrix 

What are diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis?  Information about dTpa vaccination 

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)  Gardasil9 

What is HPV?  Information about HPV vaccination.  Factsheet: Is HPV vaccine safe?  Study: 11 years of HPV vaccine safety 

Meningococcal ACWY  Nimenrix 

10 

What is meningococcal disease?  Information about meningococcal ACWY vaccination 

  • Free vaccine is only available at school to students who have a signed consent form while they are in Year 7 (for dTpa or HPV vaccination) or Year 10 (for meningococcal ACWY vaccination).
  • Students who miss vaccine doses due to absence on the day of the nurses' visit will be offered catch-up vaccination at subsequent school clinics. Where this is not possible, parents will be advised that free catch-up vaccine is available at their local GP or pharmacy. 
  • Parents who choose to wait for their child to be older before consenting to vaccination will be required to arrange for vaccination at their GP or pharmacy and may have to pay a consultation fee. More information is available about catch-up vaccination
  • Parents can withdraw consent at any time before vaccination takes place. 
  • Coverage rates for all vaccines offered to students in secondary schools from 2011 to 2019 are available. 
  • Information about the vaccinations is also available in 26 community languages
  • A video (Whatchya Gunna DO?) has been produced to raise awareness about the importance of immunisation for Aboriginal adolescents and their parents. 

 

Intensive English Centre (IECs) 

Newly arrived migrants (including refugees) attending Intensive English Centres (IECs) will be offered the following vaccines based on student age: 

Vaccine 

Age 

Number of Doses 

More Information 

Hepatitis B  Engerix -B 

All ages 

What is hepatitis B?  Information about hepatitis B vaccination 

Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (dTpa)  Boostrix 

All ages

What are diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis?  Information about dTpa vaccination 

Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)  Priorix 

All ages 

What are measles, mumps and rubella?  Information about MMR vaccination 

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)   Gardasil9 

12 years old or refugees 

What is HPV?  Information about HPV vaccination 
 

Polio  IPOL 

All ages 

What is polio?  Information about polio vaccination 

Varicella (chicken pox)   Varivax 

Less than 14 years of age 

What is varicella?   Information about varicella vaccination 

Meningococcal ACWY  Nimenrix 

15-19 year olds only 

What is meningococcal disease?  Information about meningococcal ACWY vaccination 

  • Students who miss vaccine doses due to absence on the day of the clinic will be advised to receive any catch-up vaccination at their local GP. 
  • Parents can withdraw consent at any time before vaccination takes place. 

 

Distance education/home-schooled students 

Students who are enrolled in distance education or who are home-schooled are advised to attend their GP or pharmacy for free age-appropriate vaccinations. 

 

National Immunisation Program vaccines in Pharmacies - National Immunisation Program vaccines can also be supplied and administered at pharmacies with trained immunisers, to adolescents who would be routinely offered vaccination in the NSW School Vaccination Program. 

 

 Historical School Records

All records of vaccination provided in the NSW School Vaccination Program are uploaded onto the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). Please note, there may be some errors in records of vaccinations given before 2014. If you think your AIR record of school vaccinations is incorrect, please call the Public Health Unit on 9382 8333 and ask to speak to an immunisation nurse.  

To request your AIR Immunisation History Statement: 

  • Create a myGov account or log in 
  • Link your Medicare account in the Services menu 
  • Proceed to your Medicare Online Account 
  • Click on the Immunisation History banner and complete the declaration 
  • Download your Immunisation History Statement 

If you are a parent/guardian requesting records for your child who is aged 14 years or older follow this link for more information. 

 

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