HSC student vaccinations within identified LGAs
Updated 9:50 am 9 September 2021
NSW Health, the Department of Education and the non-government school sector are working together to ensure 2021 HSC and Year 12 students who go to school or live in the identified Local Government Areas (LGAs) and select suburbs of concern in Greater Sydney are vaccinated as a priority group. The COVID-19 vaccination is one of the best ways to protect against COVID-19 and reduce the transmission of the virus.
Students are eligible for the vaccination if they are aged 16 years and above and either:
- have a permanent home address in one of the LGAs of concern. These students can register and book their vaccination under the Priority COVID-19 vaccination booking for 16 to 39 year-olds program.
- enrolled to sit one or more Higher School Certificate subjects (or otherwise completing Year 12 in 2021, including Year 12 TAFE) at a school located in one of the LGAs of concern. Student can register and book their vaccination at the Sydney Olympic Park Vaccination Centre. Select your school from a drop-down list to open priority appointments.
The LGAs of concern are currently:
- Georges River
Selected suburbs in the Penrith LGA are:
- Claremont Meadows
- Erskine Park
- Kemps Creek
- Mt Vernon
- North St Marys
- Orchard Hills
- Oxley Park
- St Clair
- St Marys.
Please refer to the Year 12 Pfizer factsheet (PDF 160.9 KB) for information on the vaccine.
Visit NSW Government for information on the COVID-19 Vaccination Program or call the free COVID-19 Vaccination Program hotline on 1800 571 155 between 8 am – 9.30 pm, 7 days a week.
For more information about the COVID-19 Vaccination Program in NSW please go to nsw.gov.au/covid-19
FAQs provided by NSW Health
Are all students eligible to be vaccinated?
Students aged 16 years and above that are enrolled to sit one or more Higher School Certificate (HSC) subjects in 2021 (or otherwise completing Year 12 at school or TAFE), and attend school in Strathfield, Burwood or Bayside are eligible to be vaccinated in this program.
If you live in one of the 12 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of concern, you are also eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
Can students with a disability book for their vaccination?
Why are these LGAs being given priority?
There are a high number of cases of COVID-19 in the LGAs of concern.
When will other HSC students from other LGAs be eligible to be vaccinated?
Further information on expansion of vaccination initiatives will be communicated by the NSW Government.
How will I get to my vaccination appointment?
All students will be required to make their own way to and from their vaccination appointment.
Why is it important I arrive on time for my appointment?
All appointments have been organized to ensure minimal contact with other schools and other students.
My parent or carer wants to attend the appointment with me, is this okay?
Yes, your parent or carer can accompany you to the vaccination if you choose.
Can I use this link to book a vaccination for my family member?
Anyone aged 16-39 living in a local government area of concern is eligible for a priority Pfizer vaccination appointment and should visit Priority COVID-19 vaccination booking for 16 to 39 year-olds. If your family member does not live in one of the areas of concern, we encourage them to check the NSW Health Eligibility checker to see if they are eligible through one of many vaccination pathways. Eligibility for the HSC vaccination program will be confirmed on the day of your appointment, and those who are not eligible will not be able to receive the vaccine.
Is it safe for me to get the vaccine?
Yes, vaccination is one of the best ways to protect you against COVID-19 and reduce the transmission of the virus. The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommends the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine (Comirnaty) as the preferred vaccine for those aged 12 to under 18 years.
Refer to the NSW Health COVID-19 vaccination program for further information or NSW Health's Know the facts COVID-19 vaccination fact sheet (PDF 307KB).
Can I leave my area for this vaccination?
Yes, people who live in LGAs or concern, are allowed to leave their home for a reasonable excuse, including to go out for medical or caring reasons, including obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination.
The NSW Government has published a list of COVID-19 rules for affected LGAs.
Who do I call if I can’t book/have issues with booking?
If you require further assistance making your vaccination appointment, please contact 1800 57 11 55.
What vaccine is being offered?
You will receive the COVID-19 Pfizer (COMIRNATY) vaccine as it is the preferred vaccine for those aged 12 – 18 years. You will need two doses of the vaccine, 8 weeks apart. Information about your second vaccination will be provided by NSW Health.
Refer to the Australian Government information factsheet on COVID-19 Pfizer (COMIRNATY) vaccine for more information.