These vaccines are most often delivered by local councils who visit secondary schools in their area across the school year to provide the required vaccines. This is known as the Secondary School Immunisation Program (SSIP).
Some adolescents, particularly those who do not attend secondary school, may choose to access free vaccines from a general practitioner, pharmacy, local council or other health service. Parent/guardian consent is usually required for vaccination of people aged under 18 years, but some adolescents may be able to give consent if they are considered a ‘mature minor’ by their health professional.
Information for local councils
Carer consent, authorisation to access student contacts, resources for delivering the Secondary School Immunisation Program (SSIP).
Secondary School Immunisation Program
The Secondary School Immunisation Program offers free vaccines as part of the National Immunisation Program each year to Year 7 and Year 10 students.
Adolescent vaccinations outside of school and catch-up immunisation
Role of GPs, health services, pharmacist immunisers, catch-up tools, support resources
Reviewed 12 May 2023