Vaccinator Authorisation Information & Processes
Authorisation as an Independent Approved Vaccinator
Note: Toi Te Ora - Public Health Service 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 577 of the Ministry of Health Immunisation Handbook 2014 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 2014.
Changes to the pharmacy authorisation as an authorised vaccinator process in the 2014 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 2014 Appendix 4.
Toi Te Ora - Public Health Service, 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:
Administration Support Officer
Medical Officer of Health
Local Immunisation Facilitator - Cold Chain Accreditation and details