Year 7 Secondary School Vaccine Program

Year 7 Secondary School Vaccine Program

The Secondary School Vaccine Program offers free vaccines to help make sure students and communities are protected from diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, human papillomavirus (HPV) and chickenpox.

Local councils deliver the program and schools distribute the information and consent card booklets.

Cards have already been sent to all year 7 students with the start of year pack.

The Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 authorises secondary schools to provide their local council with student and parent/guardian contact information for any student scheduled to receive a vaccination. This information assists local councils to follow-up parents/guardians of students with incomplete or missing consent cards.

What information goes to local council?

Schools provide the following basic student and parent/guardian contact information:

  • Student name, gender, date of birth, year level, class, language spoken at home
  • Parent/guardian name, phone number, postal address

Why do schools provide this information?

  • To ensure all Year 7 students are offered the opportunity to access free vaccinations at school.
  • To improve communication with parents/guardians regarding their child’s vaccination needs
  • To reduce the administrative burden on school staff to follow-up consent cards

What do I need to do?

  1. Your information will be provided to City of Monash Council in March 2017. If you do not wish for your details to be provided, please advise the school in writing before 28 February 2017. Email welcome@salesian.vic.edu.au
  2.  Read the information provided in your child’s consent card booklet and complete all sections, regardless of whether or not you consent for your child to be vaccinated as part of the school-based program.
  3. Detach Part A of the consent card booklet with all fields completed, and return to school.

Every day vaccinations saves lives and makes it possible for Victorians to live free from the illness and disability caused by many infectious diseases. All Year 7 Victorian secondary students can receive these vaccines for free.

For further information please go to the following links:

If you have any questions, please call Gesualda Cafasso at Salesian College on 9807 2644.