The Vaccination Hub is staffed by a medical offer and experienced immunisers will provide overarching supervision of vaccination and recovery. The Secretary of the Victorian Department of Health issued an Emergency Order in late-February to allow wider staff groups to administer the COVID vaccines.
Western Health has recruited a large number of nurses to administer the vaccine, as well as other staff who will fill support roles.
All staff who work within the Vaccination Hub will receive specific training mandated by the Commonwealth and the Department of Health Victoria to ensure that they are appropriately educated and trained to safely and effectively undertake all elements of their role.
A Clinical Nurse Educator is part of the Hub to support staff skills, competencies and formal supervision.
Victorian COVID-19 Clinical Skills & Competencies Certificate
Health services are required to complete and issue a certificate to verify that all employees categorised as newly authorised immunisation workforce (under the Public Health Emergency Order), are deemed clinically skilled and competent to process, prepare and/or administer COVID-19 vaccines. This certificate is only required to be completed once and a copy must be made available to the employee as evidence of their clinical competency in Victoria across all Victorian health services.
COVID-19 Vaccine Public Health Emergency Order
Following review of relevant evidence, clinical safety and public health need, a number of existing and additional workforces have been authorised to administer, or support the administration of, the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) VACCINE in Victoria.
Additionally, Public Health Emergency Orders have been used to authorise organisations to obtain, possess and/or supply the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) VACCINE where required.
The following COVID-19 VACCINE Secretary Approvals and Public Health Emergency Orders have now been gazetted and are in force:
- Secretary Approval: Nurse Immunisers – SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) VACCINE
- Secretary Approval: Pharmacist Immuniser – SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) VACCINE
- Short-term Public Health Emergency Order: Authorisation for preparation and administration – COVID-19 VACCINE
- Short-term Public Health Emergency Order: Authorisation for the administration – COVID-19 VACCINE (students)
- Short-term Public Health Emergency Order: Authorisation for distribution – COVID-19 VACCINE
- Short-term Public Health Emergency Order: Authorisation – COVID-19 VACCINE (Aspen Medical).
A direct link to this gazette (Special Gazette number s 80) can be found here: http://www.gazette.vic.gov.au/gazette/Gazettes2021/GG2021S080.pdf
Australian Government COVID-19 Vaccination Training Program
The Government has launched a COVID-19 Vaccination Training Program.
These online training modules are free and accredited, and are available to people involved in the administration of COVID-19 vaccines.
Training page: https://covid19vaccinationtraining.org.au/login/index.php
New AstraZeneca Training Package
The Department has released a new COVID-19 AstraZeneca supplementary training package.
This training providers immunisers with information about the Australian Technical Advisory Group recommendation that Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is the preferred COVID-19 vaccine for people aged under 50 years.
You can access the training package on the MVEC website:
This training is mandatory to complete for all emergency authorised workforce and strongly recommended to complete for authorised immunisation providers of state vaccination services in Victoria.
WeLearn Vaccination Course
Click here or on the image to access the WH WeLearn Vaccination Course
Western Health’s Vaccination Course consists of online learning packages developed by the Australian and Victorian Governments. The vaccination course has been developed to answer common questions regarding coronavirus and to promote an understanding of COVID-19 vaccines and the administration process.
Course Learning Outcomes
The course learning outcomes include:
• Recognising SARS-CoV-2-coronavirus (COVID-19) including associated symptoms
• To be aware of the Australia’s COVID-19 national roll-out strategy
• Identify who the priority groups are in the various phases as set out by the Australia Government Vaccine and Treatment Strategy
• Identify pre-immunisation checklist requirements for the different COVID-19 vaccines
• Describe vaccine characteristics and approvals
• Identify each vaccine dose schedule, side effects, what to expect, how to manage the common and rare reactions
• Demonstrate preparation and administration of the COVID -19 vaccines and the importance of reporting administration of all vaccines to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) in a timely manner
• Describe the process of COVID-19 vaccine administration, and identify infection prevention and control measures that should be used during the vaccination sessions
• Define the guidelines to safeguard safe vaccine delivery using multi-dose vials (MDV)
• Identify and manage Adverse Event Following Immunisation (AEFI), recognise and manage anaphylaxis and how to report AEFIs to Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination In the Community (SAEFVIC)
• Describe the cold chain management (Strive for 5) process when handling COVID- 19 vaccines and reporting process when cold chain management is broken.
Mandatory for all Vaccination Hub Clinical Staff including nurses, midwives, medical staff, pharmacists and RUSONs (Registered Undergraduate Students of Nursing).
To complete this course, staff need to complete each eLearning module and submit evidence of completion.
This is done by uploading the certificate of completion
Staff may also be required to complete additional packages and modules when they become available.