Department of Health

Key messages

  • Nurse immunisers are authorised to possess and administer specified vaccines.
  • Nurse immunisers are also authorised to possess and administer specified Schedule 4 poisons, as necessary, for the treatment of anaphylactic reactions to the vaccines.

In Victoria, Nurse immunisers are Registered Nurses (not Enrolled Nurses) who are approved to administer specified vaccines and can manage adverse reactions where there may not be a medical practitioner present. They can provide this service to approved client groups in circumstances such as nurse-led immunisation services in:

  • local councils
  • general practice
  • hospitals
  • community health
  • occupational health services.

Nurse immunisers are approved under regulation 8(1) and regulation 161 of the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Regulations 2017.

The Secretary approval applies to a Registered Nurse who has completed a program of study. The nurse must meet the Secretary approval criteria to practice.

The Secretary approval does not apply to Registered Nurses who have not completed a program of study, but who may administer vaccines supplied under an individual prescription, or under the direction (for example, drug order) and supervision of a medical practitioner.

A time-limited approval, Secretary Approval: Nurse Immuniser – SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) VACCINE, authorises a Nurse Immuniser to possess and administer any SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) VACCINE approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (COVID-19 VACCINE) in accordance with the conditions outlined in the Approval until 20 February 2022 (inclusive), unless revoked earlier.

The Secretary Approval was published in the Government Gazette S 582 20 October 2021 pp. 1-3 (Nurse Immuniser – SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) VACCINE) or accessible via the Medicines and Poisons – Secretary Approvals webpage. This approval supersedes the Secretary Approval: Nurse Immuniser – SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) VACCINE published in the Government Gazette S 80 21 February 2021 pp.1-3.

Reviewed 31 October 2021


Contact details

Postal address: Medicines and Poisons Regulation Department of Health GPO Box 4057 Melbourne VIC 3001

Medicines and Poisons Regulation Department of Health

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