August 27, 2021

News | Pfizer Vaccine Bookings Available to Students 16+

Catholic College Wodonga have had recent communication from Catholic Education Sandhurst regarding the latest advice for voluntary vaccinations for students.

 

The following information is:

 

All students aged 16 and older can now book a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at state vaccination centres and from 30 August through their local General Practitioner or Pharmacist. Students can book their own appointment and consent to vaccination themselves if the health professional assesses them to be a mature minor. Again, it is important that students aged 16 and above get vaccinated (following appropriate medical advice) and Year 12 students should be a particular priority.

 

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.

 

The three education sectors are currently working with the Victorian government to support and operationalise the prioritising of Year 12 students for vaccination. Eligible students and their parents or guardians should speak to their doctor or pharmacist if they have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and their health.

 

We receive regular guidance from our governing authority Catholic Education Sandhurst to ensure that our school practices are aligned with health advice from the Australian and Victorian governments to limit the spread of coronavirus.

 

At the present time, the Victorian Government’s advice is that:

  • COVID-19 vaccines are free, safe and voluntary. The more people who choose to get vaccinated, the greater the protection for those vaccinated and the whole community.
  • The best person to talk to if you have concerns about your health and being vaccinated against COVID-19 is your doctor/general practitioner (GP).

 

Consistent with this advice, COVID-19 vaccinations are not currently mandated in Victorian Catholic schools. I would echo the advice’s recommendation about speaking to a doctor or general practitioner regarding any concerns and most importantly I encourage families to discuss this matter together. Comprehensive information on the COVID-19 vaccines is also available from the Australian Government.

 

Be kind to yourselves, please do not hesitate to contact our principal, Darta Hovey, if there is any further support we can provide.