Secondary school vaccination program
Year 7 (12-13 years) secondary school vaccination program
- dTp = diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine (1 dose)
- HPV = human papillomavirus vaccine (2 doses)
Year 10 (or age equivalent) secondary school vaccination program
- Meningococcal ACWY (1 dose)
Consent for vaccination
Children and young people under 18, generally, require parent/guardian consent to be vaccinated. Consent forms can be downloaded below.
The law recognises that as children become older and more mature, they are more capable of making their own decisions about a wide range of issues including decisions about their healthcare and wellbeing. The law recognises that a young person may reach this stage before they are 18 years old. These young people are referred to as 'mature minors'.
There is no specific age when a young person may be deemed a mature minor. Determining whether a young person is a mature minor requires consideration of whether they have sufficient maturity to understand the nature and effect of a decision to be vaccinated. Relevant factors include:
- level of maturity for their age
- understanding of the issues and consequences
- living arrangements (independence).
In a school setting this determination may be made by the school principal in accordance with the DET policy on Decision Making by Mature Minors.
In other settings it may be able to be made by a medical practitioner or other health or welfare professional who is considered to have sufficient knowledge of the young person and their history and circumstances to assess the above factors.
Authorisation to share contact details
Principals are authorised to release student and parent/carer contact details to the local council immunisation service. Contact details must be used strictly for the purposes of delivering the secondary school vaccine program.
Councils can follow up with parents about missing, late or incorrectly completed immunisation consent forms. Councils can also issue reminders, notifications and information about the program. This may be done by SMS, email, phone call or mailed letter.
Immune Hero website
More information is available on the Immune Hero website for teachers and school coordinators, students and parents.
Secondary school vaccine program resources
Local councils can order secondary school vaccine program resources online, including:
- Information and consent booklet
- dTp record pad (tear-off pad, 100 sheets)
- HPV record pad (tear-off pad, 100 sheets)
- Information and consent card
- Meningococcal ACWY immunisation record pad (tear-off pad, 100 sheets)
Translated information for the vaccine program can be accessed on the Health Translations website.