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 section A4.1.1 of the Ministry of Health Immunisation Handbook 2020 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 2020.
Information on the process for Pharmacist vaccinators found in the Immunisation Handbook 2020 Appendix 4. Pharmacists are not required to apply to a Medical Officer of Health for authorised vaccinator status.
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:
- authorising of vaccinators
- reauthorising of vaccinators
- local authorising of NZ vaccinators from outside the region
- reauthorising of vaccinators whose vaccinators certificate has expired for more than one month
- authorising local immunisation programmes
It also covers the roles of:
- Administration Support Officer
- Medical Officer of Health
- Local Immunisation Facilitator - Cold Chain Accreditation and details