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How, when and where is the HPV vaccine given?

For people aged 14 and under, the HPV vaccine is given as two injections in the upper arm. The vaccine works best if the second injection is given 6–12 months after the first.

People aged 15 or over, or people who do not receive the injections at least six months apart, will need three injections. Ideally, the three doses should be given at 0, 2 and 6 months – that is, the second dose should be given two months after the first, and the third dose four months after the second.

National Immunisation Program

People aged up to 19 can receive two doses of the HPV vaccine free of charge as part of the National Immunisation Program. Vaccination is routinely given in school-based programs at age 12–13, with catch up of older children supported by general practice and primary health care clinics.

Those in this age group with significant immunocompromise require three doses. The third dose is routinely funded for this group. 

The secondary school year the vaccine is given in varies across Australia. Usually it's offered in the first year of secondary school. Please refer to the table below to find out how the program is delivered in your area.

 

State/Territory

School program

More information

ACT

Year 7

ACT Health Immunisation 
02 5124 9800

NSW

Year 7

New South Wales Health 
1300 066 055

NT

Year 7

Northern Territory Health
08 8922 8044

QLD

Year 7

Queensland Health
07 3328 9888

SA

Year 8

South Australian Health
1300 232 272

TAS

Year 7

Tasmanian Health
1800 671 738

VIC

Year 7

Victorian Department of Health Immunisation Unit
immunisation@health.vic.gov.au

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WA

Year 8

Western Australian Department of Health
08 9321 1312

 

People aged 20 and older can also benefit from the vaccine but will incur out-of-pocket expenses. Check with your local immunisation provider or doctor.

The HPV vaccine is registered for use in males aged 9–26 years and females aged 9–45 years. However groups at higher risk of HPV-related diseases, such as people living with HIV, significantly immunocompromised groups and men who have sex with men are recommended by ATAGI to receive vaccination at any age over the age of 9 (see Australian Immunisation Handbook).

Contact your State or Territory health department for more information about HPV vaccination near you. If your child misses a vaccination due to COVID-19 or for any other reason, contact your local immunisation provider or GP to make a catch up appointment. See some helpful information about COVID-19 and the HPV vaccine.

What if my child misses out?  

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The vaccine works best if you have the two doses 6–12 months apart.

Design and partial content reproduced with the kind permission of the New Zealand Ministry of Health.

The HPV vaccine is a prescription medicine. Medicines have benefits and risks. After reading this website, talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of this vaccine and to check eligibility.

Females who have had the HPV vaccine still need regular Cervical Screening Tests.