COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out in New Zealand from February 2021 through a COVID-19 Immunisation Programme – the country’s largest immunisation rollout ever.
Since 1997, the Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC) has been serving New Zealand as a local source of independent, factual information based on scientific research regarding vaccine-preventable diseases and the benefits and risks of immunisation.
It has also been training New Zealand’s vaccinators for more than 15 years, providing information and training for health professionals, national immunisation coordination and policy advice and research into many aspects of vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases.
We are proud to have a role in supporting the COVID-19 Immunisation Programme for New Zealand and have been contracted by the Ministry of Health to provide education and support to all health professionals and allied workforces across New Zealand during the rollout.
During 2020, we developed an accelerated provisional vaccinator training course to grow New Zealand’s vaccinator workforce by up to 3,000 vaccinators by mid-2021 to support the COVID-19 Immunisation Programme. This training is available to a range of health professionals including nursing and medical students, paramedics, and nurses working in aged care.
We are now supporting vaccinators and the healthcare workforce with training and information to administer COVID-19 vaccines in New Zealand. Our team is based around the country to provide on-the-ground support and customised education for engagement in different community settings, in addition to our online learning courses.