NSW Health works in partnership with schools to offer the vaccines recommended for adolescents by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in a school-based vaccination program.

Parent information kits are sent home to parents early in the school year. To consent to vaccination, parents are advised to read all the information provided, complete and sign the consent form and return it to their child's school.

For information about COVID-19 vaccination for adolescents aged 12 years and over, visit the COVID-19 vaccination booking page.

Secondary schools

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

Vaccine​​​​Year​Consumer Medicines Information (CMI)​Number of dosesMore information
Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussi​​s (dTpa)Year 7Boostrix1 doseWhat are diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis?
Information about dTpa vaccination
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)Year 7 ​Gardasil92 doses

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

Meningococcal ACWY​​Year 10Nimenrix1 doseWhat 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.
  • 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 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 factsheet about school vaccination for students with physical and/or intellectual disabilities is available.
  • A video ​(Whatchya Gunna DO?) has been produced to raise awareness about the importance of immunisation for Aboriginal adolescents and their parents.

Intensive English Centres (IECs)

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

All ages

Vaccine​Consumer Medicines Information (CMI)Number of dosesMore information
Hepatitis B ​Engerix-B2 dosesWhat is hepatitis B?
Information about hepatitis B vaccination​
Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (dTpa)Boostrix1 doseWhat are diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis?
Information about dTpa vaccination
Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)Priorix2 dosesWhat are measles, mumps and rubella?
Information about MMR vaccination
​Human ​Papillomavirus (HPV) (refugees)Gardasil92 doses​​What is HPV?
Information about HPV vaccination
Polio​​ (refugees)IPOL2 dosesWhat is polio?
Information about polio vaccination

12 year olds only

Vaccine​Consumer Medicines Information (CMI)Number of dosesMore information
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)Gardasil 92 dosesWhat is HPV?
Information about HPV vaccination

Less than 14 years of age

Vaccine​Consumer Medicines Information (CMI)Number of dosesMore information
Varicella (chicken pox)Varivax1 doseWhat is varicella?
Information about varicella vaccination

15-19 year olds only

Vaccine​​​Consumer Medicines Information (CMI)​Number of dosesMore information​
Meningococcal ACWYNimenrix1 dose
​​​What is meningococcal disease?
Information about mening​ococcal 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.
  • Information about the vaccinations is also available in 26 community languages.

Distance education/home-schooled students

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

For more information about the NSW School Vaccination Program in your area contact your local public health unit (PHU) by calling 1300 066 055.

 
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Current as at: Friday 30 September 2022
Contact page owner: Immunisation