School-based immunisation program

The school-based immunisation program (SBIP) is part of the National Immunisation Program (NIP) to offer all adolescent students the opportunity to be protected against vaccine-preventable diseases.

COVID-19 vaccine will also be offered to students aged 12–18 in some metropolitan high schools.

School year Vaccine Disease information

7

Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (dTpa) – 1 dose

7

HPV (human papillomavirus) – 2 doses spaced a minimum of 6 months apart

Human papillomavirus (HealthyWA)

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10

Meningococcal ACWY – 1 dose


Meningococcal disease (HealthyWA)


Ages 12-18 years


COVID-19 – dose as required

COVID-19 vaccination (HealthyWA)
Note: Students can receive their first, second, and if eligible, their booster dose through the school-based immunisation program.

Vaccination information and consent

Consent for vaccinations by parents/guardians and adolescents is required, provided through an online system VaccinateWA (external site) or by completion and return of the immunisation consent form provided by their school. If the online system is not accessible, parents can request a copy from their school or print out a hard copy form.

Refer to the school-based immunisation program webpage (HealthyWA) for VaccinateWA instructions, vaccine information fact sheets, translated resources, and more.

Catch-up vaccinations

If students miss their vaccine at school, they are eligible to receive government funded catch-up vaccines, up to 20 years of age. They can receive catch-up vaccines from their community immunisation clinic or participating GPs, pharmacists, Aboriginal Medical Services (the vaccine is free, however some organisations may charge a service fee).

Refer to catch-up vaccination on the Australian Immunisation Handbook (external site) for more information.

Further resources

A poster and social media tiles can be downloaded from the school-based immunisation campaign page.

You are encouraged to share related posts from the HealthyWA Facebook page (external site) on your own social media channels.

Further information including newsletter text can be provided to schools to support communication to parents about the program.

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Last reviewed: 11-01-2023
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