Provisional Vaccinator Foundation Course (PVFC) to close 31 December

The Provisional Vaccinator Foundation Course aims to develop an immunisation workforce to support the MMR campaign, influenza 2021 and the COVID 19 vaccine programme.

The Provisional Vaccinator Foundation Course which has been run through the Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC), to allow people to apply for authorisation to administer influenza and MMR vaccines to adults and children from age 3 years, is coming to a close.

Please take note of the important cut off dates below:

  • If you have not yet begun the course, you should start before 1 December 2021. After this date, you will be not be able to access the course if you have not started. 
  • You need to complete the course by 31 December 2021. After this date, the course will be closed and you will not be able to access it.
  • When you complete the course, and after successfully completing a peer assessment, submit your authorisation application form (PDF, 176 KB) to the Ministry of Health by 31 March 2022. The Ministry will not accept authorisation application forms after this date. 
  • If you require your authorisation before the end of the year, you need to submit your completed form before 13 December 2021 to accommodate the holiday break. Applications received between 13 December 2021 and 10 January 2022 will not be processed until after 10 January 2022.
  • To achieve authorisation, if you are unable to obtain a peer review elsewhere, please contact the IMAC staff member in your region (on page 3 of the FAQ PDF on the Immunisation Advisory Centre website).

Authorisation as a provisional vaccinator is valid for two years from the date of authorisation, and anyone with this authorisation is able to continue vaccinating during that period.

IMAC is developing a bridging course, that will allow Provisional Vaccinators to progress to become fully authorised vaccinators. The bridging course will be available throughout 2022 and funded places on the course will be targeted to support vaccinators who will provide National Immunisation Schedule vaccines to those under 6 years of age, with a particular focus on equity. More details will be shared on this shortly.

Please note, although the provisional vaccinator training pathway will close, the fully authorised and vaccinator working under supervision pathways will remain available for those wishing to train as vaccinators.

Anyone with questions about the course should contact [email protected]

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