Authorised vaccinators can only independently administer vaccines that are part of an approved immunisation programme (either national or local).
The National Immunisation Schedule, which includes all publically funded vaccines, is an approved national immunisation programme. If an authorised vaccinator would like to administer vaccines that are not part of the National Immunisation Schedule, an approved local immunisation programme is required.
To obtain local immunisation programme approval, you must apply to the local Medical Officer of Health for the region where the programme will be delivered. In the Auckland region, you must apply to the Medical Officer of Health at Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) using the Local Immunisation Programme Approval Form.
You do not have to be an authorised vaccinator or a health professional to apply for a local immunisation programme, however, only authorised vaccinators can administer the vaccines.
Note: local immunisation programmes do not cover travel vaccines, as these should be prescribed for each individual following a consultation.
Last updated 30.11.2018