Edition 154 - Friday 23rd July 2021

NSW School Vaccination Clinic

NSW School vaccination clinic, Year 10 students, Wednesday 23rd June 2021

NSW Health will be offering the following vaccinations at your school clinic to all Year 10 students

Year 10 - Meningococcal ACWY

Year 7 & 8 – catch up for missed doses of HPV vaccination.

Students will be offered any missed doses at subsequent clinics during Year 7 or 8 (for HPV and dTpa vaccination) and during Year 10 for Meningococcal ACWY vaccination. (This is only for Year 8 students whose form was completed in 2020.) They do not need to go to their GP for the vaccine because they missed a school vaccination clinic due to absence or illness.

What parents should do

Parent Information Kits that include an information sheet, consent form and privacy statement have been sent home to Year 10 parents/guardians, from the school via their child. To consent to the vaccination of their child, parents/guardians are advised to:

  • Read all the information provided
  • Complete the consent form, and return it to their child’s school
  • Ensure that their child eats breakfast on the day of the school vaccination clinic.

Parents must ensure that their child is well and completely free of any acute respiratory illness before they attend school.

More information

Information about school vaccination is available; http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/schoolvaccination

It is very helpful to adolescents to be informed about this process. The following short video for you and your child has useful information about the vaccines and how the school immunisation clinic will run. https://www.health.gov.au/resources/videos/getting-your-meningococcal-acwy-vaccination-at-school-what-to-expect  Also this video, which tells the story of one young man who had the disease; Adolescent meningococcal ACWY vaccine – Seb’s story | Australian Government Department of Health

A Record of Vaccination card will be provided to each student. Details about vaccinations given at school will also be uploaded to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

NSW Health is ensuring that students are safely vaccinated at school during COVID-19

NSW Health has been working with education authorities to implement additional measures to ensure that students in Year 7 and 10 can be safely vaccinated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite concerns around Covid-19 it is important that the school vaccination program continues, to provide timely protection against other diseases.

Additional measures implemented include; screening of nurses and students before entering the clinic, appropriate distancing and enhanced hand hygiene and cleaning measures.