Become a Vaccinator to help keep our community healthy

Medical Officers of Health are responsible for approving authorised vaccinator applications (Regulation 44A of the Medicines Regulation 1984). They also recommend local Yellow Fever Vaccinator and Vaccination Centre applications to the Ministry of Health.

This page gives information about the process of applying to become either an authorised or yellow fever vaccinator, including the necessary forms.

Your application must be submitted by email on the documentation provided below.

Please allow up to four weeks for your application to be processed if all required documentation is supplied.

Additional vaccinators needed for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout

The Ministry of Health is currently seeking additional vaccinators to support the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. An extra 2,000 to 3,000 full-time (or equivalent) vaccinators to be trained and available when needed throughout New Zealand.

Register your interest to volunteer on the COVID-19 Hands Up Workforce Database if you want to become a COVID-19 vaccinator or part of the wider COVID-19 vaccination team. You can also email covid-19vaccine[at]

People with skills such as clinical, administration or customer service who have a great attitude and regular hours to offer are encouraged to register on Hands Up.

Retired and overseas-trained health professionals and the wider health workforce can now join New Zealand’s expanding vaccinator workforce –  as of Friday 2nd July 2021.

The Government has changed Medicines Regulations to allow more health workers to be trained to give vaccinations – to lend a hand as we move to the next phase the biggest vaccination campaign in New Zealand’s history.

Becoming an Authorised Vaccinator

Card showing the current vaccines in the National Immunisation Schedule.Authorised vaccinators are able to administer vaccines without a prescription or standing order from a medical professional. Only vaccines that are part of an approved immunisation programme can be given such as the Ministry of Health’s national immunisation programmes, or a local immunisation programme.

Only registered New Zealand nurses or midwifes are eligible to apply. The applicant needs to prove their resuscitation skills, knowledge and clinical skills.

Successful authorisations last for two years, and you must apply for a renewal to continue to vaccinate.

Forms for Authorised Vaccinators

Complete the relevant documentation available below to apply.
Email your application with supporting documents attached to vaccinator[at] This is a critical step in the processing of your application.

Contact the Christchurch CPH office for more information on Authorised Vaccinators:

Sophie Rose or Judi Whittington
Ph: +64 3 364 1777
Fax: +64 3 379 6484

Applying to Become a Yellow Fever Vaccinator

The Ministry of Health reviewed the yellow fever vaccinator policy in July 2017. This policy formalised and standardised the process of assessing applications for approval of yellow fever vaccinators and vaccinating centres, and for follow-up audit and review.

Approval to provide yellow fever vaccination is restricted to individual medical practitioners under the policy, and the ability to order yellow fever vaccine is restricted to approved vaccinating centres. Approval for vaccinators and vaccinating centres is granted by the Director-General of Health upon the recommendation of a Medical Officer of Health from the local Public Health Unit.

Approval to be either a vaccinator or a vaccinating centre is not be transferable and is valid for:

  • only one year for a centre; and
  • three years for a vaccinator.

Any centre or practitioner wanting to continue prescribing the yellow fever vaccine must apply to the Medical Officer of Health for renewal of approval. It is the responsibility of the centre or the practitioner to seek re-approval.

Forms for Yellow Fever Vaccinators

Complete the relevant documentation available below to apply.
Scan and email your application with supporting documents attached to joanne.webster[at] This is a critical step in the processing of your application.

Reviewed forms will be forwarded to the Ministry of Health for their approval. The Ministry will notify the practitioner and the vaccine supplier once this process is completed.

Contact the Christchurch CPH office for more information on Yellow Fever Vaccinators:

Joanne Webster
Ph: +64 3 364 1777
Fax: +64 3 379 6484



Page last updated: 05/07/2021

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