NSW School Vaccination Program

NSW School Vaccination Program

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.

The school vaccination program is offered in all secondary schools to Year 7 and Year 10 students across Illawarra and Shoalhaven.

Vaccines offered in Year 7:

  • Diptheria, Tetunus, Pertussis (dTpa)
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Here's a short video Clinical nurse Caroline Scott explains how vaccination protects you, why it’s important, and what to expect when you receive your human papillomavirus (HPV) & diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (dTpa) vaccinations at school.

Vaccine offered in year 10:

  • Meningococcal ACWY

Here's a short video where Clinical nurse Caroline Scott explains how vaccination protects you, why it’s important, and what to expect when you receive your meningococcal ACWY vaccination at school.

Refer to NSW School Vaccination Program 2020 for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What if my child missed out on the vaccine at School?

Every effort will be made to vaccinate your child at subsequent school clinics during the Year 7 and Year 10 (also into Year 8 and 11 respectively). Where this is not possible, you will be advised of arrangements for catch up vaccination with the GP. Consent from the school program needs to be withdrawn if you decide to take you child to the GP for any vaccinations. Withdrawal of consent must be reported to the Public Health Unit Immunisation Team

What if my child returned a consent to have the vaccines at the school but commenced 1st dose of HPV with the GP?

If a student has commenced their HPV vaccination course at the GP, the student must complete the vaccination course at GP. If a consent was signed and returned to the school, consent needs to be withdrawn by contacting the Public Health Unit on 4221 6700.

I can’t see my child’s school vaccinations on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR)?

Most school records given at school are available on AIR. If you believe a school vaccination has been administered and is not visible on the AIR, please contact the Public Health Unit on Ph: 4221 6700.

How can I find my child's immunisation history statement?

All vaccines administered in Australia should be available for viewing on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

Accessing these records can be found by following the links below:

  • By creating a myGov account
  • Download the Medicare Express Plus app How to download and setup the app 
  • If you do not have access to internet you can also contact the Australian Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809 or go to your local Medicare office

If you have any questions regarding the Immunisation history statement please contact the Public Health Unit on Ph: 4221 6700