currently working in the health sector as a kaiāwhina, healthcare assistant or similar.
someone who wants to support whānau during their visit. You might have some community or socialwork experience.
a Pharmacy technician
The CVWUS was introduced in June 2021 as a new class of vaccinators who are non-regulated healthcare workers to support the COVID-19 immunisation programme rollout. Authorised CVWUS can administer the COVID-19 Comirnaty 30mcg vaccine to 12 years and above under the direct supervision of a clinical supervisor.
If you already have authorisation as a CVWUS, it is valid to 30 June 2023.
Education and authorisation to become a CVWUS closed on 30 September 2022.
If you have not completed the training and you want to become a vaccinator, we recommend you complete the vaccinating health worker courses.
Vaccinating health worker (VHW) is a new vaccinator role introduced in May 2022 that supersedes the former COVID-19 Vaccinator Working Under Supervision (CVWUS) role.
VHWs can administer a limited range of vaccines under the supervision of a clinical supervisor without a standing order. The vaccines VHWs can administer is dependent on their authorisation.
Authorised VHW Stage 1s can:
Authorised VHW Stage 2s can:
On completion of the online courses for both VHW Stage 1 and VHW Stage 2, you will need to complete a practical workshop followed by workplace clinical training and a practical assessment under a standing order.
Practical assessor criteria changed in July 2023. Now, the requirements are that assessors need to be authorised or pharmacist vaccinators with 6 months of experience (no longer 2 years). While workbooks issued prior to this date have the old criteria, these will still be accepted by the Te Whatu Ora authorisation team. If you would like to download and print a current version of the assessment form please click the following - Stage 1 VHW form or Stage 2 VHW form.
You then need to apply to Te Whatu Ora for authorisation. Once you have been granted authorisation, you can administer vaccines as per your authorisation letter under the supervision of a clinical supervisor.
In addition to the IMAC VHW training, the VHWs must also complete other core training outlined in the VHW Capability Matrix. The employer is responsible for providing access to courses and support for course completion.
All authorised VHWs are required to renew their authorisation every two years. The renewal process for VHW authorisation is currently under development.
Questions on the authorisation process should be emailed to: email@example.com.
Any CVWUS that does not transition to a VHW by 1 June 2023 will no longer be authorised to vaccinate and must stop vaccinating on this date. You can read more about this change here: CVWUS ending.
VHW education is currently free. For general registration questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The immunisation support workforce is a diverse group that plays a critical role in supporting immunisation services and authorised vaccinators. Building on the success from Aotearoa’s COVID-19 vaccination programme, an immunisation support worker could be a:
This education is most suited to people who will be working at vaccination centres in supporting roles. The available education is not compulsory. It will help vaccination providers ensure their workforce have the knowledge on tasks pertinent to their roles to confidently support the COVID-19 vaccination rollout.
IMAC offers a range of immunisation support worker education specific for the role being undertaken.
Pharmacy technicians are recognised as a critical immunisation workforce as they can be upskilled to support the preparation and storage of the COVID-19 Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, administer approved vaccines as a vaccinating health worker or support immunisation sites as an immunisation support worker.
IMAC offers a range of online immunisation education for pharmacy technicians specific to the role you will be undertaking.