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The Government has announced recruitment opportunities to vaccinate New Zealanders in one of its most significant rollouts in history.
Retired and overseas-trained health professionals and the wider force of health workers can join the vaccination workforce.
Medicine Regulations were changed to allow more health workers to be trained and provide vaccination administering.
Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says this will lend a hand as the campaign's next phase begins.
“We’re calling on retired nurses, people who have trained overseas but are not registered here, and those in the kaiāwhina workforce – who work in our health system already in roles such as healthcare assistants – to join our vaccinator team,” Minister Hipkins said.
“More than 12,500 people with a wide range of backgrounds, including many ex health professionals, have already logged their details in the Hands-Up database.
“The database is designed to capture a broad range of skills and backgrounds for different roles.”
It is believed that many former health professionals will be keen to get involved in protecting New Zealanders.
District Health Boards have been following up with candidates that they think may fit the purpose of scaling up the programme.
“Others are urged to join in and can enrol through the database,” Minister Hipkins said.
“Registrations can be completed in English, Te Reo Māori, Samoan and Tongan.”
“The change will allow us to boost the numbers of Māori and Pacific vaccinators. It also provides these new vaccinators with enhanced career opportunities in the health sector.”
“The Immunisation Advisory Centre has trained more than 8,100 COVID-19 vaccinators from across the health sector since the beginning of the year.”
Vaccinator numbers expected to rise will increase the diversity of the workforce.
They will receive training through the Immunisation Advisory Centre under the supervision and direction of registered health practitioners.
Training will include basic emergency techniques, resuscitation and treatment of anaphylaxis; which is a requirement for anyone that administers such medicines and Vaccines.
Around 1,600 full-time vaccinators will be needed at the peak of the Vaccine roll-out, according to projections. As a total, between 6,000 to 6,500 vaccinators will be in part or full-time roles.
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