COVID-19 Hands Up Database

The Ministry of Health is seeking expressions of interest from people looking for paid work in clinical and non-clinical roles to join the COVID-19 response via the Hands Up Database.

Last updated: 7 December 2021

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The Hands Up Database

The Hands Up Database is a searchable database of people that selected health and disability providers can search in order to fill any open roles they have.

There are paid clinical, non-clinical, support and non-contact roles available, so if you have the time, and want to be part of the COVID-19 response in any way, please register your interest below, and potential employers will be able to search your details and match you to a paid role based on your skill set and availability.

Over the holiday period, and into the beginning of 2022, we anticipate that there will be a greater need for people to assist Public Health Units (PHUs) and provide care in the community as we start to enter a new phase in our response, begin to open our borders and continue to manage the current outbreak. If you would like to put yourself forward for clinical or non-clinical roles, please register your interest below.

Register your Interest

As the COVID-19 response has progressed, the Hands up to join our vaccination teams form offers opportunities to be recruited for roles beyond vaccination-related roles, such as contact tracers clinical roles and care in the community support roles. Please fill out this form with as much information as you can.

While we wait for changes to be made to the application form, you will notice that one of the questions references the old 'Alert Level' COVID-19 Protection Framework rather than the 'Traffic Lights' system that is currently in place. Please select Alert Levels 4 or 3 if you're able to work at Red, Alert Level 2 for Orange, and Alert Level 1 for Green.

Register your interest: Hands Up

If you’ve previously signed up for the vaccination workforce, and wish to update your details, you can also do this below.

Update your details if you’ve registered previously

Please note that registering your interest does not guarantee employment.


If you are successful, your training and induction are the responsibility of the DHB or contracted health provider who employs you. Depending on your role, the training could consist of a mix of online and face-to-face sessions.


If you are successful, the DHB or contracted health provider will be your employer and responsible for all employment-related statutory requirements. Standard reference and police checks will form part of the recruitment. The Ministry of Health is not involved in the employment process and registering your interest does not guarantee you employment.

About the roles

There are a broad range of paid roles that we’re looking for people to put themselves forward for:

  • Non-clinical and support roles – eg, home care and community support, observer and liaison roles.
  • Clinical roles – eg, medical practitioners and ICU nurses.
  • Non-contact – eg, administration and contact tracers.

The DHB or contracted health provider will assess your suitability based on your skills and experience.

When you register your interest, you’ll have the opportunity to specify how far you’re willing to travel for work and you can tell us the days and hours you can offer.

Depending on the role, you may be required to work shifts and/or after hours. This will be for the DHB and contracted health provider and yourself to agree.

The duration of your contract will be determined by the DHB or contracted health provider.

Expired annual practising certificates

The cost of reinstating annual practising certificates is at the discretion of the responsible authorities involved – we recommend you check with them. Depending on the expiration date, this may impact the roles you may be considered for.

Your privacy

When you register your interest we’ll collect your name, contact information, location, and information about your experience and qualifications in order to ensure that you are the right fit for one of the roles.

In registering your interest you agree to your details being used and shared by the Ministry of Health, DHBs, and contracted health care providers for the purposes of determining whether you fit any of the required roles. All those who have access to these details meet security privacy requirements.

For any further questions around the Hands Up Database, please email [email protected].

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