July 02, 2021
Rules changed to bring on more vaccinators
Retired and overseas-trained health professionals and the wider health workforce can now join New Zealand’s expanding vaccinator workforce.
COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says the Government has changed Medicines Regulations to allow more health workers to be trained to give vaccinations as the country moves to the next phase in the vaccination campaign.
He’s calling for retired nurses, people who have trained overseas but are not registered here, and those kaiāwhina who work in the health system already in roles such as healthcare assistants to sign on to the Hands-Up database so they can be contacted if needed.
Registrations on the database, www.health.govt.nz/HandsUp, can be completed in English, Te Reo Māori, Samoan and Tongan.
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