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
- 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 19 October 2022 (inclusive), unless revoked earlier.
The Secretary Approval was published in the pp. 1-3 (Nurse Immuniser – SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) VACCINE) or accessible via the . 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.
Employing a nurse immuniser
Employers must have processes and policies in place to support services provided by nurse immunisers.
Nurse immunisers – approved client groups
Approved client groups for vaccination by nurse immunisers, listed by vaccine-preventable disease.
Nurse immunisers - requirements and responsibilities
Employers and employees have certain responsibilities when a registered nurse is employed as a nurse immuniser.
Nurse immuniser study programs
Programs of study for Immunisers that have been recognised by the Chief Health Officer.
Reviewed 30 November 2021