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COVID-19 vaccine program workforce

Information about how to join the workforce for the COVID-19 vaccination program.

Join the COVID-19 vaccine program workforce

With the vaccination program opening up to more Victorians, it is critical that there is a trained and available workforce to provide vaccinations.

The department has partnered with Torrens Health to help recruit vaccination providers. The department are now seeking additional candidates to offer their time and skills to assist in the COVID-19 vaccination rollout

Register your interest

We are encouraging the following people to step up and be part of the largest vaccination program in history: 

  • final year undergraduates and postgraduate medical, nursing and midwifery, paramedicine, and pharmacy students 
  • all pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and interns including pharmacist immunisers and pharmacists who have not completed an immuniser course of study   
  • medical practitioners, nurse practitioners and nurse immunisers  
  • registered nurses, enrolled nurses, paramedics, and Aboriginal Heath Practitioners  
  • health professionals listed on the Ahpra COVID-19 vaccination sub-register. 

This rapid recruitment drive means more vaccinations can be delivered to save lives and keep our state safe. 

What happens next 

Members of the Victorian health workforce who have already registered may be called upon in the coming weeks and months to support the expansion of the vaccination program and contribute to other aspects of the COVID-19 response. 

We thank those members of our dedicated health workforce for their generosity and willingness to support the community during the pandemic. 

Health services may also require the skills of a range of other non-clinical staff, such as administrative, clerical, and domestic staff. Please visit the Working for Victoria site to register your interest in any other roles under the Working for Victoria Fund. 

People who have already registered their interest using Torrens Health do not need to reapply.   

Who is eligible to contribute to the COVID-19 vaccination workforce? 

    • Medical practitioner 
    • Nurse practitioner (within scope of practice) 
    • Nurse immuniser 
    • Pharmacist immuniser 
    • Paramedic with experience in immunisation 
    • Registered nurse / midwife 
    • Enrolled nurse 
    • Paramedic 
    • Aboriginal Health Practitioner 
    • Pharmacist 
    • Pharmacy technician 
    • Pharmacy student / intern 
    • Medical student that has successfully completed their third year of undergraduate study or equivalent.
    • Nursing / midwifery student that has successfully completed all units of study from the second year of a Bachelor’s program, or the first year of study of a post-graduate / Master’s program.
    • Paramedicine student that has successfully completed all units of study from the second year of a Bachelor’s program.

Further information can be found in the Victorian COVID-19 Vaccination Guidelines.

What training do I need to complete to join the vaccination workforce?

You should complete training before registering your interest. Learn more about training for COVID-19 vaccine providers.

More information about the roles you can play

You can find further information about the roles you might be performing via the links below:

Your questions answered

Will I be paid to complete the training?

Training is free to complete. You will not be paid to complete it.

What other requirements do I need to join the vaccination workforce?

Applicants must have a current Police Check and Working With Children Check.

Will I be assessed as competent to perform vaccination activities?

Clinical assessment is part of the onboarding process of employment.

If practical competence is not demonstrated in all authorised vaccination activities in the workplace, the workplace supervisor will demonstrate, teach and supervise all authorised vaccination activities. This additional training can take place until the supervisor is confident they demonstrate practical competence before authorising them to deliver vaccines.

Where can I find information on pay and work conditions?

Pay rates depends on qualifications, experience, and job roles within the program. This is determined by the health service. Casual loading may also be applicable.

You are encouraged to get your COVID-19 vaccine once you are accepted as part of the COVID-19 vaccine workforce.

Can I choose where and when I work?

Registering your information with Torrens Health will include your location and availability to assist in the placement of candidates within the Victorian health system.

You will be delivering COVID-19 vaccines at a vaccination centre or other Victorian Government centres.

After registering, when will I get contacted about joining the workforce?

Expressing interest is not a guarantee that a person will be contacted or offered employment within the Victorian health system.

Does the training authorise me to deliver other vaccines?

No. Completing the COVID-19 training does not qualify a participant to administer vaccines other than the COVID-19 vaccine.

Does involvement in the program contribute toward clinical placement hours?

No. Hours worked in the program do not contribute toward clinical placement hours.

Student involvement should not interfere with existing university commitments.

When should I expect further contact?

This depends on your skill sets and where you live.

Your details will be retained until December 2021 so you may be contacted at any stage up until that time.

You can also apply for specific advertised vacancies made available by Victorian health services.

How will my information be used?

The Department of Health collects the information that is provided via the online form.

The department has partnered with Torrens Health to help recruit vaccination providers. The department are now seeking additional candidates to offer their time and skills to assist in the COVID-19 vaccination rollout.

For more information on the department’s handling of any personal information, please refer to the department’s privacy statement.

Can I choose where and when I work?

Registering your information with Torrens Health will include your location and availability to assist in the placement of candidates within the Victorian health system.

You will be delivering COVID-19 vaccines at a vaccination centre or other Victorian Government centres.

Who can I contact if I want further information about my application?

If you have registered through Torrens Health please email Torrens Health or phone on 03 8823 0550 for further information about your application.

Reviewed 09 June 2021

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