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Vaccinator Authorisation Information & Processes

Authorisation as an Independent Approved Vaccinator

Note: Toi Te Ora Public Health can only authorise nurses working within Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts.

The authorisation of vaccinators to give immunisations from the New Zealand Ministry of Health Immunisation Schedule is covered by the 1984, clause 44A (2), Medicines Regulations act, (see page 629 of the Ministry of Health Immunisation Handbook 2017 for further details).

This authorisation enables approved vaccinators to give vaccines from the New Zealand Ministry of Health schedule without direct supervision from a medical practitioners.

It is the responsibility of the person wishing to become a vaccinator or maintain their vaccination certificate to ensure they have adhered to the New Zealand Ministry of Health authorisation process.

Each public health unit around the country has Medical Officers of Health who will oversee this national process for their area and will be guided by the act as outlined in the New Zealand Immunisation Handbook 2017.

Changes to the pharmacy authorisation as an authorised vaccinator process in the 2017 update of the Immunisation Handbook are outlined in this letter to pharmacists from Toi Te Ora.  Further details on these changes can be found in the Immunisation Handbook 2017 Appendix 4.

Toi Te Ora Public Health, which covers the Bay of Plenty and the Lakes area, uses the following steps to implement this process.

This process covers:

It also covers the roles of:

  • Nurse

  • Administration Support Officer

  • Medical Officer of Health

  • Local Immunisation Facilitator - Cold Chain Accreditation and details

Last modified: 07 Feb 2020
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