Please select one of the following options:

You want to...

Administer vaccines under supervision
Support whānau during their immunisation visit
Help store and prepare vaccines, ready for administration

You're...

currently working in the health sector as a kaiāwhina, healthcare assistant or similar.

You'll do the...

Then...

you'll complete work based training

After that...

you can give some vaccines under clinical supervision.

You're...

someone who wants to support whānau during their immunisation visit. You might have some community or social work experience.

You'll do the...

After that...

you can assist with post-immunisation care and the running of vaccination clinics.

You're...

a pharmacy technician.

You'll do the...

After that...

you can manage the storage and preparation of vaccines.

You want to...

administer vaccines under supervision
support whānau during their immunisation visit
help store and prepare vaccines, ready for administration

You're...

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

You will do the...

Then...

work-based training

After that...

you can give some vaccines under clinical supervision

you can assist with post-immunisation care and the running ofvaccination clinics

you can manage the storage and preparation of vaccines.

COVID-19 Vaccinators Working Under Supervision

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. 

No more authorisations of CVWUS 

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

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 Stage 1 VHWs can:

  • administer COVID-19 and influenza vaccines to people aged 12 years and over
  • administer Tdap and HPV9 vaccines to people aged 11 years and over.

Authorised Stage 2 VHWs can:

  • administer MMR, COVID-19 Comirnaty and influenza vaccines to people aged 5 years and over
  • prepare COVID-19 Comirnaty multi-dose vaccines (on completion of additional optional training).
VHWs are permitted to do the following:
VHWs are NOT permitted to do the following:
  • Check consumer details
  • Ask agreed screening questions, call for support when any issues are flagged
  • Check consent has been obtained
  • Prepare specific vaccines
  • Administer specific vaccines
  • Give post-vaccination advice
  • Screen and obtain consent from health consumers for vaccination
  • Prepare and draw up a vaccine (only from Stage 2)
  • Administer the vaccine to pre-consented and pre-screened health consumers deemed as high risk of having an adverse reaction to the vaccine
  • Provide clinical advice

How to become an authorised vaccinating health worker

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. 

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. 

VHW Stage 1 and Stage 2 pathway overview

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.

Course detail and training pathway

There is more information on the training pathway and details on the course in the course information pages: VHW Stage 1 and VHW Stage 2.

How to maintain and renew your authorisation 

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: vaccinatorauthorisations@health.govt.nz.

How to register for IMAC vaccinator education courses 

VHW education is currently free.  

You first need to talk to your employer as course entry is via employer nomination only. 

Your employer will then need to submit a registration form. If your employer is a commissioned site and there are clinical supervisors at the workplace to support your training, you will be provided with course access details. 

For general registration questions please email edcovid@auckland.ac.nz.

Immunisation Support Worker 

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:

  • COVID-19 Immunisation Register (CIR) administrator
  • Cold chain technician
  • Kaiarahi / reception staff 
  • Pharmacy technician who may prepare COVID-19 Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines or be a vaccinating health worker.

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.

Education to gain knowledge and skills to become an immunisation support worker 

IMAC offers a range of immunisation support worker education specific for the role being undertaken.

Immunisation support worker role
IMAC education course
COVID-19 Immunisation Register (CIR) administrator
CIR Book My Vaccine Course
Cold chain technician
Immunisation Support Worker Course 2021 Vaccine storage and transport
Kaiarahi / reception staff
Immunisation Support Worker Course 2021 An introduction to immunisation
Pharmacy Technician preparing multidose COVID-19 Pfizer vaccines
Pharmacy Technician COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine storage and preparation course

Pharmacy Technicians

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. 

Education options 

IMAC offers a range of online immunisation education for pharmacy technicians specific to the role you will be undertaking.

Immunisation support worker role
IMAC education course
Pharmacy technician preparing multidose COVID-19 Pfizer vaccines
Pharmacy technician COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine storage and preparation course
Vaccinating Health Worker
Vaccinating Health Worker stage 1 courses
Kaiarahi/reception staff
Immunisation support worker course

Important notes

  1. Vaccinating Health Workers must be authorised by Te Whatu Ora before administering approved vaccines under the supervision of a clinical supervisor.
  1. The pharmacy technician COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine storage and preparation course is for qualified pharmacy technicians, or those who are currently enrolled in the pharmacy technician training and have completed a minimum of six months of the course.

Click here to view our pharmacy technician course

Last updated:
Jan 2023