NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announces further funding for Meningococal Adolesent ACWY program

Thousands more NSW students will be offered the free meningococcal vaccine in the next 12 months to protect them against the debilitating disease.

As the NSW Government launches its awareness campaign this week, Premier Gladys Berejiklian today announced a further $3.6 million to extend the NSW Meningococcal W Response Program, which has provided free vaccine to more than 200,000 teenagers to date.

The NSW Government has invested $17 million into the statewide program since it was introduced in 2017 to protect teenagers against the rising threat of the W strain, which has an eight per cent mortality rate compared to four per cent for other strains.