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BCG ENDORSEMENT

To be endorsed as a new BCG vaccinator, you must apply to the local medical officer of health and provide the following documented evidence that you:

  • have been nominated by your employer for endorsement as a BCG vaccinator working within a local BCG Programme
  • are a currently authorised vaccinator
  • have successfully completed a Ministry of Health approved online BCG vaccination course
  • have completed, under clinical supervision (by a currently approved BCG clinical assessor) a minimum of five BCG vaccinations and
  • have completed an independent clinical assessment by an approved BCG clinical assessor.

BCG vaccinator endorsement is valid for two years from the date of the BCG vaccinator training. For advise on vaccinator authorisation, clinical supervision and clinical assessment by an approved BCG clinical assessor, please contact the National Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC).

Note: an approved BCG clinical assessor must be approved by the medical officer of health.

All BCG vaccinators gazetted prior to 4 January 2017 will be given one-off national BCG endorsement by the Ministry of Health for a two year period until 4 January 2019.

Prior to 4 January 2019, these BCG vaccinators will need to apply to their local medical officer of health to renew their BCG vaccinator endorsement if you intend to continue providing BCG vaccination. Refer to the requirements below for renewal of BCG vaccinator endorsement.

It is the BCG vaccinator’s professional responsibility to ensure they apply for regional endorsement.

To renew your BCG vaccinator endorsement, you must apply to the local medical officer of health and provide the following documented evidence that you:

  • are a current authorised vaccinator, and
  • have completed an online BCG vaccination update course.

Since 2002, the Ministry of Health has maintained a register of gazetted BCG vaccinators, and will continue to record the names of endorsed BCG vaccinators on notification from the medical officer of health.

Information about endorsed BCG vaccinators can be sent to the Ministry of Health’s Immunisation team at immunisation@moh.govt.nz. The Immunisation team will update the BCG vaccinator register accordingly.

If an endorsed BCG vaccinator moves to another health district and intends to continue offering BCG vaccination, they must inform the local medical officer of health before practicing in the new health district. The vaccinator will be required to provide the medical officer of health with:

  • evidence of their current vaccinator authorisation and BCG endorsement in another health district, and
  • details of their proposed work in the district.

The local medical officer of health must notify the Ministry of Health’s Immunisation team of the move to their health district so the BCG vaccinator register can be updated.

To access the BCG online vaccination course contact the Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC) Education Administrator at imacetadmin@ihug.co.nz. IMAC will send the vaccinator the course access details. As with all other IMAC online courses there will be a small charge to access the BCG online course. Please note that the endorsement will only be granted for those working within a local BCG programme recognised by the Medical Officer of Health.

All BCG vaccinators gazetted prior to 4 January 2017 will be given one-off national BCG endorsement by the Ministry of Health for a two year period until 4 January 2019.

Prior to 4 January 2019, these BCG vaccinators will need to apply to their local medical officer of health to renew their BCG vaccinator endorsement if you intend to continue providing BCG vaccination. Refer to the requirements below for renewal of BCG vaccinator endorsement.

It is the BCG vaccinator’s professional responsibility to ensure they apply for regional endorsement.

To renew your BCG vaccinator endorsement, you must apply to the local medical officer of health and provide the following documented evidence that you:

  • are a current authorised vaccinator, and
  • have completed an online BCG vaccination update course.

Since 2002, the Ministry of Health has maintained a register of gazetted BCG vaccinators, and will continue to record the names of endorsed BCG vaccinators on notification from the medical officer of health.

Information about endorsed BCG vaccinators can be sent to the Ministry of Health’s Immunisation team at immunisation@moh.govt.nz. The Immunisation team will update the BCG vaccinator register accordingly.

If an endorsed BCG vaccinator moves to another health district and intends to continue offering BCG vaccination, they must inform the local medical officer of health before practicing in the new health district. The vaccinator will be required to provide the medical officer of health with:

  • evidence of their current vaccinator authorisation and BCG endorsement in another health district, and
  • details of their proposed work in the district.

The local medical officer of health must notify the Ministry of Health’s Immunisation team of the move to their health district so the BCG vaccinator register can be updated.

To access the BCG online vaccination course contact the Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC) Education Administrator at imacetadmin@ihug.co.nz. IMAC will send the vaccinator the course access details. As with all other IMAC online courses there will be a small charge to access the BCG online course. Please note that the endorsement will only be granted for those working within a local BCG programme recognised by the Medical Officer of Health.

Last updated 30.11.2018

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