The Mt Maunganui College principal, Terry Collett, supports the decision for girls to be informed about Gardisal and cervical cancer."School's the ideal place to capture the students, to give them the opportunity to look after their future lives," says Collett.
Schools have until the end of this week to either opt in or out of the vaccine programme.
Figures obtained from the ministry show most, like Mt Maunganui, are welcoming it, 98% in fact.
Only 40 schools have said no or are yet to reply. One of those is Tauranga's Bethlehem College.
Phillip Nash, Principal of Bethlehem College, says religion is playing a factor in their decision.
"We obviously take a stand as a Christian school on chastity before marriage and faithfulness in marriage and we don't want to compromise that message," says Nash.
The college says it's a parental decision, made alongside a girl's GP, not one for schools.
Nash says the school is not shutting young girls from getting the vaccine.
"We're just putting the responsibility back where we think it belongs," he says.
Apparently the Canterbury area has a very high uptake of GP-based immunisation programmes, so they're going to do it that way rather than at schools.
Does anyone know how/if we can find out which school have opted out? If it's either of my old high schools (one Catholic, one Anglican) I'd quite like to write them a letter expressing my disappointment. And if any state schools decline the vaccine on religious grounds then that rather undermines our commitment to secular education does it not?