Medicines Regulations 1984

44AB Authorisation of COVID-19 vaccinators

(1)

The Director-General or a Medical Officer of Health may authorise a person who meets the requirements of this regulation to be a COVID-19 vaccinator—

(a)

to prepare the COVID-19 vaccine:

(b)

to administer the COVID-19 vaccine without a prescription.

(2)

In applying for authorisation as a COVID-19 vaccinator, a person must provide evidence to satisfy the Director-General or Medical Officer of Health, as the case may be,—

(a)

that the person has successfully completed training as approved by the Director-General for either or both of the following:

(i)

the preparation of the COVID-19 vaccine for administration:

(ii)

the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine; and

(b)

that the person also has the following competencies:

(i)

the person can carry out basic emergency techniques, including resuscitation and the treatment of anaphylaxis; and

(ii)

the person has knowledge of the safe and effective handling of immunisation products and equipment.

(3)

A person authorised as a COVID-19 vaccinator must, at all times while performing the tasks authorised under these regulations, work under the clinical supervision and direction of a suitably qualified health practitioner.

(4)

This regulation applies to the authorisation of COVID-19 vaccinators instead of regulation 44AA.

(5)

This regulation is revoked on 1 June 2023.

Regulation 44AB: inserted, on 28 May 2021, by regulation 5 of the Medicines (COVID-19 Vaccinators) Amendment Regulations 2021 (LI 2021/123).

Regulation 44AB heading: amended, on 19 May 2022, by regulation 5(1) of the Medicines Amendment Regulations 2022 (SL 2022/116).

Regulation 44AB(4): inserted, on 19 May 2022, by regulation 5(2) of the Medicines Amendment Regulations 2022 (SL 2022/116).

Regulation 44AB(5): inserted, on 19 May 2022, by regulation 5(2) of the Medicines Amendment Regulations 2022 (SL 2022/116).