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Training for COVID-19 vaccine providers

Information about training for COVID-19 vaccine providers.

How to get the vaccine

Vaccination centres are open to people who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 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.

Training

All COVID-19 vaccine providers, including existing authorised immunisers, need to undertake training specific to COVID-19 vaccines.

Training for existing authorised immunisers

All existing authorised immunisers who would like to join the COVID-19 vaccination program need to complete the Australian Government’s National COVID-19 Vaccination Training Program.

This includes:

  • 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.

This includes:

  • Aboriginal health practitioners
  • pharmacists
  • pharmacy technicians
  • registered nurses
  • midwives
  • paramedics
  • 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:

Register your interest to become a COVID-19 vaccine provider

The Victorian Department of Health has partnered with Torrens Health to facilitate recruiting new immunisers.

Training for non-clinical staff

It is recommended that non-clinical staff (such as administrative staff or people involved in the receipt and handling of the vaccine) complete the three non-clinical modules of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Training Program.

Resources

Reviewed 04 July 2021

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