Medicines (COVID-19 Vaccinators) Amendment Regulations 2021

2021/123

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Medicines (COVID-19 Vaccinators) Amendment Regulations 2021

Patsy Reddy, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 24th day of May 2021

Present:
The Right Hon Jacinda Ardern presiding in Council

These regulations are made under section 105 of the Medicines Act 1981

(a)

on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council ; and

(b)

on the advice of the Minister of Health given after consultation with the organisations and bodies that appeared to the Minister to be representative of persons likely to be substantially affected.

Regulations

1 Title

These regulations are the Medicines (COVID-19 Vaccinators) Amendment Regulations 2021.

2 Commencement

These regulations come into force on 28 May 2021.

3 Principal regulations

These regulations amend the Medicines Regulations 1984.

4 Revocation

These regulations are revoked on 1 June 2023.

5 New regulation 44AB inserted (Authorisation of vaccinators)

After regulation 44A, insert:

44AB Authorisation of 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.

Michael Webster,
Clerk of the Executive Council.

Explanatory note

This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.

These regulations come into force on 28 May 2021 and are revoked on 1 June 2023. These regulations amend the Medicines Regulations 1984. Regulation 5 inserts new regulation 44AB into the principal regulations. The effect of the amendment is to provide for the authorisation of personnel not otherwise authorised as COVID-19 vaccinators upon satisfactory completion of certain training. A person authorised under these regulations must, while performing tasks under these regulations, work under the clinical supervision and direction of a suitably qualified health practitioner.

Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 27 May 2021.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Health.