Minister Verrall visits IMAC as COVID vaccine training begins

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Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall checked out the University of Auckland’s Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC), operated by UniServices on the Grafton campus, which will train and support the nation’s vaccinators and health workforce for the COVID-19 immunisation programme.

Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall checked out the University of Auckland’s Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC), operated by UniServices on the Grafton campus, which will train and support the nation’s vaccinators and health workforce for the COVID-19 immunisation programme. She was briefed by Loretta Roberts, IMAC’s national manager.  

The visit came on February 12, as the government announced that first batch of vaccines would arrive in the country within days and as the first vaccinators complete the bespoke Pfizer vaccine online training provided by IMAC. 

Set to be the largest immunisation programme in New Zealand’s history, IMAC is more than doubling its workforce from 24 to approximately 60 people in order to deliver the education programme, and support the information needs of New Zealand’s health-related workforce. Learn more about the work ahead for IMAC in supporting the COVID immunisation rollout.

Pictured from left: UniServices CEO Andy Shenk; UniServices Executive Director – Business Units Toni Laming; Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall; IMAC Information Manager Theo Brandt; IMAC National Manager Loretta Roberts; IMAC Project Manager – COVID programme Jenny Wong; UniServices Business Development Manager Stacey Strang; IMAC Communications Manager – COVID programme Kimberley Ross.