Vaccine availability - Students aged 12 to 15

A message from the Department of Education: As part of the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out, from Monday 13 September, all Victorians aged 12 and older are eligible to book and receive a COVID-19 vaccine at a state vaccination centre, a Commonwealth vaccination centre,or through a GP clinic,

pharmacy or community health service.

Vaccination bookings for students should be made by following the instructions under the heading ‘How to book an appointment’ below.

Vaccination is not mandatory but is strongly encouraged. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect our school community from further outbreaks and the spread of COVID-19.

The Victorian Government’s aim is to provide an opportunity for all children aged 12 years and older to receive at least one vaccine dose by the end of the school year.

Consent 

Students aged 12 to 15 can book their own appointment and may be able to consent to vaccination themselves if the health professional assesses them to be a mature minor. This means that the health professional assesses that they understand the information relevant to this decision to be vaccinated and the effect of that decision.

Where a student is not considered to be a mature minor by the health professional, the health professional will seek consent from the student’s parent/carer.

Parents/carers can complete a consent form for COVID-19 vaccination for their child to bring to their appointment, or parents/carers can attend with their child to provide consent in person. 

How to book an appointment 

Bookings for a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine can be made for children aged 12 years and older via state vaccination centres, Commonwealth vaccination centres, GP clinics, pharmacies and community health services.

Find a participating Commonwealth vaccination centre, GP, pharmacy or community health service through the Australian Government Eligibility Checker. You can book your appointment online or by calling the vaccine provider nearest to you.  

School staff and students can book or change a vaccination appointment at a state vaccination centre through the Victorian Government’s COVID-19 vaccine online booking system.

To find a state vaccination centre and opening times, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

For information on what to bring to a vaccine appointment please visit Checklist: before your COVID-19 vaccination.


Vaccination information packs  

The department has produced vaccination information packs for staff, students and parents.

The pack includes a letter for students and parents with information about how eligible students can book their vaccination. These letters should be shared with students aged 12 to 15 and their families.

In the coming days, the department will update the pack to include translated resources for Culturally And Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities.

For further assistance, contact:

  • the Department of Health Coronavirus hotline: 1800 675 398
  • the National coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline: 1800 020 080

Thank you for ensuring that these important messages about vaccination are shared with your school community

David Howes
Deputy Secretary
Schools and Regional Services