AUSTRALIA, 8 FEBRUARY, 2021
A Federal Government-funded training scheme for Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination workforce has been launched today.
The Australian Government has partnered with the Australian College of Nursing to develop and deliver the free and accredited training modules for all COVID-19 vaccination providers as well as non-clinical and administration staff.
Federal Health Minister, Greg Hunt said the training would be provided free to all authorised COVID-19 vaccination providers.
“The training modules cover multi-dose vials, handling and storage of vaccines, safety and surveillance monitoring, and reporting for adverse events following immunisation,” Mr Hunt said.
“The first training modules are targeting health professionals in hospitals who will be administering the Pfizer vaccine, with the modules for the AstraZeneca vaccine to come online shortly.
“Non-clinical training on topics such as handling, storage and administration is also available to support staff, including practice managers, receptionists, cleaners, and IT support.”
The Minister said that in preparation for Australia’s vaccine rollout, authorised immunisation providers must complete COVID-19 vaccine specific training.
“This will ensure our workforce is competent in safe management and administration of COVID-19 vaccines,” he said.
All training content will be delivered through an e-learning platform.