Government to train 1000 additional vaccinators to boost third dose rollout

The Victorian Government will train up to 1000 new vaccinators to boost the states vaccination efforts.

Those that will be trained included first-year health students and retired nurses, who will join an expanded workforce to be deployed across state-run centres.

In a media release, the Victorian Government said a bigger workforce would be crucial as Victorians start to become eligible for their booster shot.

“A new pool of trained-up vaccinators will mean a broader workforce is available to prepare and administer COVID-19 vaccines, while also freeing up health professionals to return to their normal duties,” the media release said.

The expanded workforce will be known as Limited Scope COVID-19 Vaccinators, and will be supervised by experienced clinicians.

They will have to complete mandatory Commonwealth and Victorian COVID-19 vaccination training.

The government is looking for those who have experience working in a health or community service setting, or who are enrolled in a health-related course. Applications will open in the week starting January 17.

Acting Minister for Health James Merlino said: “With comprehensive training and supervision – we’re helping 1,000 Victorians in relevant fields get the training they need to join our vaccination efforts.”

“Millions of Victorians will soon be eligible for their third dose, and we’re doing everything we can to ensure the

community can access a vaccine as quickly and as safely as possible.”