Guidance on establishing and managing a COVID-19 vaccination site, including guidelines for the vaccination workforce and how to provide a clinically safe and quality vaccination service.
Last updated: 24 December 2021
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The COVID-19 Vaccine Operating Guidelines help District Health Boards (DHBs) and health providers maintain public safety and make sure that consistent and equitable COVID-19 vaccination practices are in place across New Zealand.
The Operating Guidelines provide guidance on establishing and managing a COVID-19 vaccination site and includes guidelines for the vaccination workforce.
The content of the Operating Guidelines remains the same, but the content has been reordered to improve flow and logic. The format has changed and the document now meets the Ministry's document control guidelines.
COVID-19 Vaccine Operating Guidelines (PDF, 2.25 MB)
COVID-19 Vaccine Operating Guidelines (Word, 5.73 MB)
Version 31 – last updated 24 December 2021
For easier reference, the sections of the Operating Guidelines are now available as individual downloads.
For easier reference, the appendices of the Operating Guidelines are now available as individual downloads.
These documents outline the planning considerations for different vaccine service delivery models and are intended to support DHBs and providers to plan for vaccine delivery in their communities. They should be read in conjunction with the Operating Guidelines and other relevant Ministry guidance.
Existing accredited vaccination health care facilities
Planning guidance for delivering the vaccine through existing health care settings: general practice, community pharmacy, hauora providers and urgent care centres.
COVID-19 vaccine planning guidance – existing accredited vaccination health care facilities (PDF, 1.02 MB)
Version 3.0 – last updated September 2021
Planning guidance for employers, occupational health providers and DHBs wishing to deliver the vaccine through workplaces.
COVID-19 vaccine planning guidance – workplaces (PDF, 972 KB)
Version 9.0 – last updated 12 August 2021
Community vaccination centres
Planning guidance for delivering the vaccine through fixed or temporary community sites, including marae and faith-based settings.
COVID-19 vaccine planning guidance – community vaccination centres (PDF, 968 KB)
Version 1.0 – last updated 9 July 2021
Drive-through vaccination centres
Supplementary planning guidance for operating drive-through vaccination centres. This document must be read in conjunction with the above guidance for community vaccination centres.
COVID-19 vaccine planning guidance – drive-through vaccination centres (PDF, 876 KB)
Version 1.0 – last updated 5 August 2021
Mass vaccination events
Planning guidance for large pop-up events delivering several thousand vaccinations per day. Smaller events in lower-population areas could be run based on the principles in this document.
COVID-19 vaccine planning guidance – mass vaccination events (PDF, 1.4 MB)
Version 1.0 – last updated 12 August 2021