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.

From 2023, students are eligible to receive the following vaccines:

School year Vaccine Vaccine information
7 Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (dTpa) – 1 dose
Disease information:
7 HPV (human papillomavirus) – 2 doses spaced a minimum of 6 months apart

Human papillomavirus (HealthyWA)

Study: Is HPV vaccine safe?
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, either through an online system VaccinateWA (external site), or by completion and return of the immunisation consent form provided by their school.

VaccinateWA instructions are listed on the HealthyWA school-based immunisation program webpage (external site). The following hardcopy resources are also available:

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

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

Further information including website articles and newsletters can be provided to schools to support communication to parents about the school-based immunisation program.

More information

Last reviewed: 28-11-2022
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