Year 8 catch-up program (2022)

Information about the 2022 Year 8 catch-up program The roll-out of the Year 7 program in 2021 has been impacted by the COVID-19 lockdown and school closures.

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Information about the 2022 Year 8 catch-up 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 rescheduled and given as part of a Year 8 catch-up program at school in Term 1, 2022.

The 2022 High School Immunisation Program will be scheduled as below:

 
Year 8 Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Dose 2
Diphtheria Tetanus Pertussis (dTpa) vaccine (1 dose)
Term 1
Year 7 Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Dose 1 Term 1
Year 7 Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Dose 2
Diphtheria Tetanus Pertussis (dTpa) vaccine (1 dose)
Term 4
Year 10 Meningococcal ACWY vaccine (1 dose) Terms 1 and 2

 

Questions: Year 8 catch-up program (2022)

Do I need to sign a new consent form?  

The consent you provided in 2021 is still valid. You can still withdraw consent at any time. 

How does this impact Year 10 students?    

The delay to the program does not impact Year 10 immunisations. These were all completed before the program was disrupted by the COVID-19 public health response.

What about students who are in Year 7 next year?    

In 2022, the High School Immunisation Program will continue to offer free vaccines to all Years 7 and 10 students. Consent cards will be distributed at the beginning of Term 1, 2022.

Will the delay leave my child vulnerable?    

Students who already received Dose 1 HPV in early 2021 will still receive Dose 2 and the Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (dTpa) vaccine in the recommended timeframe as set out by the Australian Immunisation Handbook.

What if my child missed their first dose of HPV earlier this year?    

If you provided consent and your child missed our visit in early 2021, they will receive Dose 1 HPV and the Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (dTpa) vaccine in Term 1, 2022. A letter with information on how to complete the course at your GP will be sent to you.

When will the nurses be visiting my child’s school?    

Please contact your school for information regarding the dates scheduled for 2022.

What is the gap required between COVID vaccines and other vaccines?

It is recommended to leave 7 days between receiving a COVID-19 vaccine and any of the High School Immunisation Program vaccines. This is based on current Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) advice. 

Page last updated on: 15 Nov 2021