COVID-19 Schools Program

Last Updated: 01 Sep 2021 9:37am

The schools COVID-19 Vaccination Program is part of the Tasmanian Government’s “Super Six” week vaccination effort and is being delivered in conjunction with the Department of Education to vaccinate year 11 and 12 students with the aim of minimising disruption to the study and examination schedule.

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Year 11 and 12 students aged 16 years and older will get the Pfizer vaccine, which has been approved as safe by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for people 16 years and older.

For more information, please read the following fact sheets:

Students will receive direct communications from their school regarding access to the vaccination program.

The expert medical advice tells us that young people are not immune from COVID-19 and its impacts, and the best way they can protect themselves is by getting the vaccine.

Across the world we have seen an increasing number of young people affected by COVID-19, including hospitalisation or experiencing long-term effects.

We have also seen that young people are key drivers of transmission of the COVID-19 Delta variant. However, evidence shows that people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 are less likely to pass the virus on to others. This means that by getting vaccinated young people will help protect their families, loved ones and the wider community.

Some people may experience minor side effects following vaccination, similar to those experienced following a flu vaccine. Common side effects include pain, redness and swelling at the injection site as well as more general side-effects such as fever, chills, headache and tiredness. Most symptoms are mild to moderate, occur within the first three days after vaccination, and disappear within 1–2 days of when they start.

Rare side effects from the Pfizer vaccine include:

  • Severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis), usually occurring within 15 minutes of vaccination. For this reason patients are asked to stay for at least 15 minutes observation after vaccination.
  • Myocarditis and pericarditis (heart inflammation). Most reported cases have been mild and people have recovered quickly often without treatment.

If side effects persist or worry you, please seek medical attention.

Students may be able to sign their own consent form following discussion with the nurse administering the vaccine on the day. The student must be able to give informed consent.

However, we strongly encourage students and parents/guardians to discuss the vaccination beforehand and to complete the consent form together.

Forms are available online in English and a range of other languages.

Proof of a COVID-19 vaccination will be recorded on the student’s immunisation history statement accessed through the student’s Medicare online account, Express Plus Medicare app, the Australian Immunisation Register or My Health Record.

No. If the student does not have a Medicare card or is not eligible for Medicare they can still get a COVID-19 vaccination for free.

If the student is unable to attend either the first or second dose clinic – or would prefer to be vaccinated at a different location – students or parents should call the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 to arrange an appointment at a community clinic.

The recommended minimum interval between the COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines is 7 days. This includes vaccines received as part of the school based immunisation program.