HPV vax uptake good but completion lags

In the first analysis to look at vaccination coverage by socioeconomic status and remoteness, researchers found that school-based delivery is achieving both high and equitable coverage with just a 4.1% point difference between the country’s lowest and highest socioeconomic areas.

The proportion of fully vaccinated girls aged 12—13 was highest in the major cities at 73.6%.

While girls in the country’s most remote areas had the highest coverage for the first two doses, they were the least likely to complete the course, with only 71.4% fully vaccinated.

This may occur because girls who miss the