The meningococcal ACWY vaccine program is a Commonwealth government funded vaccine program. Vaccines are administered by an immunisation nurse, employed by local council immunisation services, who visit each Victorian secondary school a number of times a year. Under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008, local councils are responsible for coordinating and providing immunisation services to children being educated within the municipal district. Local councils are committed to protecting the privacy, confidentiality and security of personal information, in accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 and the Health Records Act 2001.
Local councils report all adolescent vaccines given through school programs to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). Personal identifying details will be kept confidential. This will provide tools such as recall and reminder systems to improve adolescent vaccination rates. This is important to improve immunisation rates overall. Individuals will have access to their record of all vaccines recorded in the Australian Immunisation Register. Aggregate immunisation data may be disclosed to the Victorian government for the purpose of monitoring, funding and improving the Meningococcal ACWY Secondary School Vaccine Program. This information does not identify any individual.
Information related to you or your child will be used or disclosed for purposes directly related to your child’s immunisation, and in ways that you would reasonably expect. This may include the transfer or exchange of relevant information to your GP, to your child’s GP, to another treating health service or hospital or another local council. The local council may provide you with information related to the school vaccine program via SMS or email. You can access your child’s data by contacting the local council where your child attends school.