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Provisional Vaccinator Foundation Course


The provisional vaccinator foundation course (PVFC) provides education specifically for the administration of influenza and MMR vaccines.

Completing the PVFC (and CPR and peer review requirements) will enable you to apply to the Ministry of Health for provisional authorisation to administer these vaccines to adults and to children from age 3 years.

Those planning to assist the COVID-19 vaccination rollout will also need to complete the online COVID-19 vaccination education course.

The COVID-19 course is free and can be completed at the same time or after the PVFC. Provisional authorisation must be obtained before vaccinators can adminster any vaccine. 

The PVFC will only give a limited scope (ie, influenza and MMR vaccines) and for a limited time.

The PVFC is free, but only available upon application - see the link below to apply.

Who can do the PVFC?

  • Registered and Enrolled Nurses[1]
  • Pharmacists[2]
  • Health science students:
    • Final year student nurses, midwives, paramedics and pharmacists
    • Fourth year onwards medical students
  • Midwives
  • Paramedics
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Medical Radiation Technologists
    • Medical Imaging Technologists
    • Radiation Therapists
    • Nuclear Medicine Technologists
    • Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists
    • Sonographers
  • HCPs registered with the Medical Sciences Council of New Zealand in these scopes of practice:
    • Medical Laboratory Scientist
    • Medical Laboratory Technicians
    • Medical Laboratory Pre-analytical Technicians
    • Anaesthetic Technicians
  • Dietitians
  • Speech-language Therapists
  • Podiatrists
  • Registered Optometrists
  • Clinical Physiologists registered with the Clinical Physiologists Registration Board
  • HCPs registered with Dental Council Registered in the following scopes of practice:
    • Dental Hygienists
    • Dental Therapists
    • Oral Health Therapists

[1] Registered and enrolled nurses wanting to deliver the range of National Immunisation Schedule vaccinations, without the timebound limits of provisional vaccination authorisation should complete a full vaccinator foundation course and process.

[2] Pharmacists wanting to deliver the full scope of pharmacy vaccines, without the timebound limits of provisional vaccination authorisation should complete a full vaccinator foundation course and process.

Retired health professionals or those with expired APCs wishing to return to the workforce as vaccinators should read the frequently asked questions document below.


Provisional authorisation pathway



Additional resources

  Answers to questions about the Provisional Vaccinator Foundation Course and authorisation

 Click here for peer assessment form (to be completed and included with your authorisation application)..

 Click here for the Ministry of Health page with access to the authorisation application form

NOTE: For those registered on versions of the PFVC prior to 1st June, we have added more webinar dates for September. Please email us at [email protected] to register for a webinar.


Click here to apply for access to the PFVC.

Before applying please read the 'Answers to questions' document above to check that you are eligible. 



Health professionals can register for the open access COVID-19 education courses via IMAC Learning

Last updated: Aug 2021