11 October 2021

School-based COVID-19 vaccination underway this week for students

  • Targeted, rolling school-based and transport support COVID vaccinations to begin from Week 1, Term 4
  • School-based clinics to be initially based at priority education settings
  • Students will also be transported to State-run COVID-19 vaccination clinics
  • Easier, convenient opportunity for school students and staff to get vaccinated
  • School vaccinations in addition to current measures

A group of Western Australian secondary schools will take part in school-based vaccinations from this week.

The initiative is initially targeting priority settings including secondary schools, residential colleges, agricultural colleges, and education support schools.

To increase vaccinations in the large scale format of schools, the program will also support schools in both metropolitan and regional WA in transporting students to State-run vaccination clinics. This will provide another convenient option for young people to receive their COVID-19 vaccination.

WA Health State COVID-19 vaccination clinics are available in more than 100 locations across WA, with locations listed on the HealthyWA website.

A range of GPs, GP respiratory clinics and pharmacies will also be able to provide the vaccine to children aged 12 years and older. Visit http://www.rollup.wa.gov.au for more information about COVID-19 vaccines.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

“The schools program is one of many ways Western Australians aged 12 and over can get vaccinated.

“I urge everyone who is eligible to have this important conversation with their children and teenagers and take up the additional opportunities that ensure the COVID-19 vaccination is more easily accessible to the school students.”

Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:

“The program offers an easy and convenient opportunity to ensure students are vaccinated through a combination of in-reach and supported transport options for schools including buses.

"Parents and guardians also have the option of booking appointments using http://www.rollup.wa.gov.au or with a primary care provider.”

Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:

"This program is an important initiative that offers students the opportunity to receive their COVID-19 vaccination, either at school or through supported transport to vaccination clinics.

"This is an additional measure to what is already in place, and I would encourage all eligible students and school staff to get vaccinated as soon as possible and play their part in helping protect the Western Australian community.”

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