School vaccination program back on track

The school vaccination team recently visited Mitchell High School in Blacktown, vaccinating Year 7 and 10 students for diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and meningococcal ACWY vaccines.

This year, 38 high schools in Western Sydney missed out on their usual school vaccination program following the shutdown of schools from 25 March due to COVID-19.

With restrictions at schools gradually easing, the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) Public Health Unit nurses returned to schools to give important vaccinations.

WSLHD Population Health deputy director Christine Newman said staff are using COVID-19 safe practices at the school vaccination clinics.  

“We thank the schools for recognising the importance of vaccinations and reinstating the vaccination program,” Christine said.

“The schools have been fantastic with their flexibility and cooperation to reinstate these clinics and have ensured we have extra space for physical distancing.

For more information on the WSLHD School Vaccination program, click here.

WSLHD Public Health Unit nurses set-up in the hall at Mitchell High School.