School Based Immunisation Program 2021


Immunisation delivery is an essential service and should continue under the COVID-19 pandemic. See the Maintaining immunisation services during COVID-19 fact sheet (PDF 164KB) for further information.

Protection produced by some vaccines will decline over time and booster doses may be needed to ensure high levels of protection are maintained (for example diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus). A booster dose given in high school will provide protection over a longer period of time. Vaccines such as the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine are more effective if delivered at a specific age. Meningococcal vaccines are also recommended for students in senior high school years, due to their increased risk of meningococcal disease.

Vaccines delivered through the school program are made available at no cost under the National Immunisation Program.

Open access students enrolled in Year 8 or Year 10 can receive no cost School Immunisation Program vaccines at their local council immunisation clinic or GP.

For more information please visit this information page about the School Immunisation Program.

Last updated: 08 February 2021