This programme is now closed to new applicants. 

30 September 2022 will be the last day for authorisation applications. An alternative training pathway for the non-regulated healthcare workforce to join the immunisation workforce will be the Vaccinating Health Worker education. 

Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand recently announced the COVID-19 Vaccinator Working Under Supervision (CVWUS) training pathway is closing on 11 July 2022, which means there will be no new applications accepted for the programme after this time.  

Current Authorised CVWUS can continue to vaccinate under supervision until 1 June 2023.  

Those that have completed the online course and other training requirements, but have not gained authorisation are recommended to apply for authorisation from Te Whau Ora – Health New Zealand (click here for the authorisation portal).  

For those that are enrolled but haven’t progressed with training in the last 6 months, they are recommended to commence the Vaccinating Health Worker (VHW) Stage 1 Training Programme, which will be become available from mid-August 2022.  

For authorised CVWUS that want to become VHW, Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand will be transitioning to the Vaccinating Health Worker (VHW) role in the meantime. 

Please find more about Vaccinating Health Worker training and the transition for CVWUS to VHW on the  Health New Zealand website.   
Those currently in the CVWUS programme and don’t want to become a VHW, can continue to complete and gain CVWUS authorisation, which will be valid until 1 June 2023. 


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:  

  1. Kaiāwhina  

  1. Kaiarahi  

  1. Kaimanaaki  

  1. Healthcare Assistants  

  1. Pharmacy Technicians  

  1. 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: 

  1. be commissioned to provide COVID-19 vaccines,  

  1. have  appropriately qualified Vaccination Clinical Supervisors to supervise the CVWUS (during training and after authorisation), and  

  1. 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.   

  1. 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. 

  1. 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.  

  1. 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   

To apply for authorisation from Te Whau Ora – Health New Zealand click here for the authorisation portal. Please email Vaccinator Authorisations [email protected] if you have any questions. 

For additional support and information

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]  



Last updated: 29 August 2022