Authorised vaccinators can only independently administer vaccines that are part of an approved immunisation programme.
The National Immunisation Schedule is an approved national immunisation programme. This means that authorised vaccinators can independently administer publically funded vaccines included in the National Immunisation Schedule.
An approved local immunisation programme is the only way an authorised vaccinator can independently administer vaccines that are not publically funded (e.g. workplace influenza vaccines).
You must apply to the local Medical Officer of Health for your region to obtain approval for a new local immunisation programme.
You do not have to be an authorised vaccinator or a health professional to apply for a local immunisation programme, however, only authorised vaccinators can administer the vaccines.
Note: travel vaccines (i.e. vaccines that are not commonly used in New Zealand) cannot be included in a local immunisation programme.
Last updated 12.07.2019