Important Information about the 2021 Year 7 High School Immunisation Program
The roll-out of the Year 7 program in 2021 has been impacted by the COVID-19 lockdown and school closures.
The Year 7 vaccines scheduled to be given in Term 4 will now be given as part of a Year 8 catch-up program at school in Term 1, 2022.
Read more about the Year 8 catch-up program for 2022
ACT Government offers the free National Immunisation Program (NIP) vaccines to all Year 7 and 10 students across all government and non-government high schools in the ACT. This program is delivered by the Canberra Health Services’ Child and Adolescent Immunisation Team who visit all high schools in the ACT to administer the vaccines.
Students in years 7 and 10 will receive a consent card in the first week of Term 1.
Make sure you find, sign and return your child’s consent card to your school by the end of the first week of term. Only students who have a completed consent card for the vaccines will be immunised by the Child and Adolescent Immunisation Team nurses. Please complete and return a consent card even if you do not consent for your child to receive these vaccines at school.
Year 7 students are offered vaccines to protect them against human papillomavirus (HPV) and diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough).
Year 10 students are eligible for the free meningococcal ACWY vaccine.