How to get the vaccine
Training and workforce
Victoria is committed to working with the Australian Government to support the delivery of the Australian Government’s COVID-19 vaccination program. Additional workforce capacity is needed due to the significant effort involved in offering vaccination to all eligible Victorians in 2021. This will ensure existing programs can be maintained, including flu vaccination, during the rollout.
To ensure safe delivery of COVID-19 vaccines, training is available for:
- existing authorised immunisers
- health workers who do not usually deliver immunisations (new immunisers).
Training is also available for non-clinical staff to support the immunisation rollout.
This emergency workforce trained and authorised to administer COVID-19 vaccines will help support our health services to offer vaccination to every eligible Victorian.
All COVID-19 vaccine providers, including existing authorised immunisers, need to undertake training specific to COVID-19 vaccines.
Training for existing authorised immunisers
- medical practitioners
- nurse practitioners
- nurse immunisers
- pharmacist immunisers.
The Victorian Department of Health has released a new COVID-19 AstraZeneca supplementary training package. This training provides immunisers with information about the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommendation that Pfizer vaccine is the preferred COVID-19 vaccine for people aged under 60 years of age.
- Existing authorised immunisers are strongly recommended to complete the new training package.
- This training package is available to and may be completed by immunisation staff for non-state vaccination services in Victoria at their sole discretion.
Training for new immunisers
Additional training is required for other health workers who would like to join Australia’s& COVID-19 vaccination program as part of the new emergency authorised workforce.
- Aboriginal health practitioners
- pharmacy technicians
- registered nurses
- Medical, midwifery, nursing and paramedicine students conditions apply – refer to the Victorian COVID-19 Vaccination Guidelines for further information).
New immunisers need to complete the:
- Victorian COVID-19 Vaccine clinical skills & competency assessment – a one-off assessment to ensure new immunisers are clinically skilled by completing at least five supervised vaccinations and are competent to possess, prepare and/or administer COVID-19 vaccines.
- The new provides immunisers with information about the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommendation that Pfizer vaccine is the preferred COVID-19 vaccine for people aged under 60 years.
- The training package can be accessed on the MVEC website.
- This training is mandatory to complete for all individuals in the emergency authorised workforce
Register your interest to become a COVID-19 vaccine provider
Training for non-clinical staff
Reviewed 04 July 2021