About the Vaccinator Bridging Course
This course is designed to upskill Provisional Authorised Vaccinators (PAVs) to achieve full scope of practice as an Authorised Vaccinator (AV) to administer vaccines on the National Immunisation Schedule (NIS), across the life span or to become a Pharmacist Vaccinator and deliver the scope of vaccines available. Registered/enrolled nurses, pharmacists & midwives are eligible professions for the Vaccinator Bridging Course (VBC).
To complete this course you must be a Provisional Authorised Vaccinator* (provisional authorisation is issued by Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand (formally Ministry of Health) and is valid for two years since issue date). Upon completing the education course, you will need to meet all the requirements outlined in Appendix 4 of the Immunisation Handbook to either apply for authorisation or become a pharmacist vaccinator (more details in Authorisation section below). *Please do not register for this course if you have not yet received your provisional authorisation status from Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand.
Course delivery and duration
This course involves online learning (10-12 hours), followed by a 3.5 hour in-person tutorial. Registrations are now open on IMAC Learning
Course dates available
|Hamilton 21st June 9.30am||Auckland 1st September 9am|
|Wellington 21st June 9am||Northland (Whangarei) 12th September 9am|
|West Coast (Greymouth) 21st June 9am||Dunedin 13th September 1pm|
|Auckland 23rd June 9am||Rotorua 14th September 9.30am - cancelled|
|Christchurch 28th June 9am||Tauranga 28th September 9.30am|
|Northland (Whangarei) 4th July 9am||Christchurch 29th September 9am|
|Blenheim 6th July 8.30am - cancelled||Auckland 4th October 9am|
|Nelson 7th July 8.30am||Taranaki 4th October 1pm|
|Dunedin 21st July 1pm||Wellington 18th October 9am|
|Auckland 26th July 1pm||Gisborne 19th October 9am|
|Christchurch 27th July 9am||Hamilton 25th October 9am|
|Hamilton 27th July 9am||Hawkes Bay 27th October 9am|
|Invercargill 4th August 9am||Wellington 18th November 9am|
|Wellington 9th August 9am||Palmerston North 24th November 10am|
|Tauranga 9th August 9.30am||Christchurch 30th November 9am|
|Hamilton 31st August 9.30am||Auckland 6th December 9am|
|Christchurch 31st August 9am|
More dates may be added due to demand. Registrations for courses for the month of September and early October are now open. Mid-October through to December dates will open for registration from 5th October.
Online course modules
The online course covers the same learning objectives as the Vaccinator Foundation Course, while recognising prior learning from the Provisional Vaccinator Foundation Course. There are 10 modules as set out below. The online learning time will vary between learners, depending on their experience and prior knowledge.
- Vaccine preventable disease
- Legislation, endorsement and authorisation
- The immune system
- The National Immunisation Schedule vaccines across the life span
- Types and composition of vaccines
- Vaccine safety
- Storage and handling of vaccines
- Informed consent and immunisation communication
- Vaccine administration
- Improving immunisation coverage
The tutorial will focus on modules 2, 8 and 9, with the aim of translating knowledge gained from theory into practice with a specific focus on administering vaccines to 0 to 4 year olds.
Theory assessment and developing clinical skills
Following course completion of the course, students will complete an online theory assessment, and then build their confidence and practical competencies, working under standing orders or prescriptions, under the supervision of an experienced vaccinator in their place of work.
This is the step before applying for full authorisation. Clinical assessments must be completed by an approved assessor, who is approved by the local Medical Officer of Health.
The most appropriate contact(s) for clinical assessment will be advised at course in-person tutorial.
Course fee is $160 per person. There are some Ministry of Health funded positions for Māori and Pacific Provisional Authorised Vaccinators. IMAC will work directly with Māori and Pacific providers to discuss this funded opportunity. Please note: If you have already registered and purchased a vaccinator foundation course for 2022 and when the bridging course is released you find that you meet the eligibility criteria* and wish to transfer courses, we would require at least 4 weeks’ notice to make the course transfer, if this is not possible you would need to stay on the course that you have registered and paid for. We are unable to refund any partial course fees. * Provisional vaccinators that wish to transfer to a bridging course will need to provide proof of provisional authorisation status.
- To apply for authorisation, you will need to complete the authorisation application form from your local public health unit, and supply the required documents to evidence you have completed the appropriate training requirements and that you hold a valid NZ APC and a valid CPR certificate (as per A4.4. of the Immunisation Handbook for authorised vaccinators).
- Pharmacist Vaccinators do not have to apply for authorisation but must ensure they continue to meet the educational requirements outline Appendix 4 of the Immunisation Handbook to be a Pharmacist Vaccinator.
- Authorised or Pharmacist Vaccinator status is valid for two years. All authorised or pharmacist vaccinator must complete a vaccinator update course every two years and authorised vaccinators will have to reapply for authorisation every two years to the local Medical Officer of Health.
Who to contact for more information
For course registration and online learning inquiries please contact the Education team [email protected]
For clinical and eligibility inquiries please contact one of our local COVID-19 team listed below
Lisa Box, COVID Immunisation Advisor – Northern
Janet Collins, COVID Immunisation Education Facilitator - Midland
Abbey Palmer, COVID Immunisation Education Facilitator - Central
Sue Rogers, COVID Immunisation Advisor - Southern
Jacinta Gibson, COVID Liaison Manager
Course requests from Māori and Pacific providers will be prioritised. Please include ‘Māori or Pacific provider’ in the subject line of your eligibility inquiry email to IMAC.