This course has been developed in partnership with Careerforce and the Ministry of Health to support Aotearoa’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout programme. It is designed for the new class of COVID-19 Vaccinators – Working Under Supervision (CVWUS).
Course enrolment is currently only available via employer nomination and the vaccination site must be commissioned (or in process or being commissioned) to provide COVID-19 vaccines.
At all times, the CVWUS will practice under the direction and supervision of a Vaccination Clinical Supervisor. These supervisors will be an authorised vaccinator or be a registered healthcare professional who is authorised to vaccinate and has recent experience that is relevant to the vaccination programme. The supervisors must also have completed the IMAC’s COVID-19 Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccinator Course.
CVWUS will also have a limited scope of practice and it is illegal to practice out of scope.
Following tasks are out of scope.
Pre-vaccination screening of health consumers and attaining informed consent for vaccine.
Preparation and drawing up of the vaccine.
Giving the vaccine to pre-screened and pre-consent health consumers deemed as high risk.
Providing clinical advice.
With the appropriate training, authorised CVWUS can vaccinate 12–15-year-olds. CVWUS cannot vaccinate 5- to 11-year-olds.
Who this course is for
People suited for this course are those not registered as health professionals with a regulated body such as:
Individuals who have healthcare experience in support roles
Healthcare professionals whose Annual Practising Certificate (APC) has lapsed for over three years, or
Healthcare professionals who are not registered in New Zealand.
It is particularly relevant for Māori and Pasifika peoples employed in healthcare settings who are interested in being a member of the COVID-19 vaccination team at a DHB or a commissioned vaccination site.
Recommended occupations for this course include:
Healthcare professionals trained in New Zealand or overseas who are not currently registered in New Zealand and who do not hold a current practicing certificate.
Key considerations for employers
Prior to submitting trainees for programme registration, the site shall:
be commissioned to provide COVID-19 vaccines,
have appropriately qualified Vaccination Clinical Supervisors to supervise the CVWUS (during training and after authorisation), and
have or have access to authorised vaccinators to perform clinical assessments of the CVWUS trainees.
Training pathway for the COVID-19 Vaccinator – working under supervision role
Training is in three phases:
IMAC is responsible for delivering the first two phases of education to provide the theory and practical experience in COVID-19 Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine administration, prior to workplace supervised practice.
Online learning course can be completed within 2-3 hours. There is a multichoice assessment at the end, and the passing mark is 85%. This must be achieved to progress to the practical workshop.
Practical workshop is about 3 hours. It is designed to provide a safe learning environment to support the translation of theory in practice and a first-hand opportunity to practice vaccine administration techniques.
Supervised practice and assessment at the workplace are led by the employer. This involves direct supervision of the CVWUS by the Vaccination Clinical Supervisor.
Following observation, they will develop the required clinical skills which they will then demonstrate as part of formal clinical assessment process. A standing order must be in place for the clinical assessments.
Successful completion of this phase includes the completion of a training and competency workbook and clinical competency assessment.
After this, there will be ongoing direct and indirect supervision of practice for CVWUS in their workplace. This role will also be trained to use the CIR (COVID-19 Immunisation Register) and be CPR trained.
More information about the vaccination site, workforce requirements and the Vaccination Clinical Supervisor can be found on the MoH website.
Attaining MoH authorisation
On successful completion of all three phases of the training pathway, CVWUS trainees will need to apply to the Ministry of Health for authorisation.
The MoH CVWUS Authorisation Application Form outlines the supporting documents required.
The COVID-19 Vaccinator – WUS certification status is valid to 1 June 2023.
How to access the course
Course enrolment is via employer nomination only. DHBs/ Providers who wishes to enrol staff into this training programme should contact their local COVID-19 Immunisation Advisor for more information on the training pathway and course enrolment.
Additional support can be offered to Māori and Pasifika healthcare providers. Please liaise with our COVID-19 Immunisation Advisors.
IMAC COVID-19 Regional Immunisation Advisors
Northern Region: [email protected]
Midlands Region: [email protected]
Central Region: [email protected]
Southern Region: [email protected]
For further information
The MOH website has information on the requirements for employers, supervisors and trainees of this course. This information is important to understand before choosing who in your workforce will be suitable to become a CVWUS.
This IMAC CVWUS training quick guide will also provide more information.
If you are currently unemployed but wish to undertake training to become a CVWUS, we suggest going to:
• www.health.govt.nz/HandsUp and fill in a form to register your interest.
• Your local DHB career website for vacant positions.