School-based immunisation program

The School Based Immunisation Program (SBIP) is a nationally funded immunisation program which offers all students the opportunity to become protected against vaccine-preventable diseases.

Vaccines offered to school-aged students are identified in two groups:

  1. Vaccines offered to specific age groups such as human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine which is only registered and eligible for students from 11 years of age.
  2. Booster doses to vaccines already administered to students between the ages of 0–4 years such as diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (dTpa).

COVID-19 vaccination (HealthyWA) will also be offered to students aged 12–18 in some metropolitan high schools.

Year 7
  • Year 7 students will be offered the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines and diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (dTpa) vaccine.
  • The program is delivered in two doses across the school year.
  • Families are advised to see their GP, Aboriginal Medical Service or community immunisation clinic if their child misses a dose at school (consultation fees may apply).

Information and consent

Parents/guardians and adolescents need to consent to vaccinations online via VaccinateWA (external site), or read, sign and return the immunisation consent form provided by their school.

Read more information about the school-based immunisation program (HealthyWA).

Vaccine information fact sheet

Read more information for parents about the diseases protected against:

Videos

These videos produced by the Australian Department of Health are an educational resource for schools to help students understand how vaccination protects them, why it’s important and what to expect on the day of their school immunisations.

Getting your HPV vaccine vaccination at school – what to expect

Getting your diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (dTpa) vaccinations at school — what to expect

Getting your HPV and diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (dTpa) vaccinations at school — what to expect

Year 10
  • Year 10 students will be offered the meningococcal ACWY vaccine.
  • School immunisation teams will deliver the vaccination in one dose across in the school year.
  • Families are advised to see their GP, Aboriginal Medical Service or community immunisation clinic if their child misses a dose at school (consultation fees may apply).

Information and consent

Parents/guardians and adolescents need to consent to vaccinations online via VaccinateWA (external site), or read, sign and return the immunisation consent form provided by their school.

Read more information for parents about the school-based immunisation program (HealthyWA) and meningococcal disease (HealthyWA).

Videos

This video produced by the Australian Department of Health is an educational resource for schools to help students understand how vaccination protects them, why it’s important and what to expect on the day of their school immunisations.

Getting your meningococcal ACWY vaccination at school – what to expect

COVID-19 vaccination for years 7–12

COVID-19 vaccinations will also be offered to students in years 7–12 in some metropolitan high schools as part of the school-based immunisation program in 2022.

Parents/guardians and adolescents need to consent to vaccinations, including COVID-19 vaccines either:

Students 12–18 years of age can receive their first, second, and if eligible, their booster dose through the school-based immunisation program this year.

More information about COVID-19 vaccination is available on the HealthyWA website (external site).

Resources

Information, website articles and newsletter items can be provided to assist with school communication to parents about the school-based immunisation program.

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

More information

Last reviewed: 14-07-2022
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