The Chief Health Officer has authorised specified student cohorts to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. Other conditions and further information about the specified student cohorts are included in the Authority.

Last updated: 06 September 2021

Who can apply to be a vaccination worker in NSW Health COVID-19 Vaccination Centres?

Eligible student cohorts include:

  • Dentistry, Medicine, Paramedicine, Pharmacy, Podiatry, Radiation Therapy, Radiography, Physiotherapy, Oral Health Therapy, Nuclear Medicine Technology or Occupational Therapy students who are:
    • entered on the student register in an approved program of study under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and
    • have undertaken at least one clinical placement of the relevant qualification, or
  • Enrolled Nursing, Nursing or Midwifery students who:
    • are currently enrolled in a recognised course leading to registration as an enrolled nurse, a nurse (division 1) or midwife, with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and
    • have undertaken at least one clinical placement of the relevant qualification, or
  • Speech Pathology students enrolled in a course accredited by Speech Pathology Australia who:
    • have undertaken at least one clinical placement of the relevant qualification, or
  • Nutrition and Dietetics students enrolled in a course accredited by Dietitians Australia who:
    • have undertaken at least one clinical placement of the relevant qualification, or
  • Exercise Physiology students enrolled in a course accredited by Exercise & Sports Science Australia who:
    • have undertaken at least one clinical placement of the relevant qualification, or
  • Sonography students enrolled in a course accredited by the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry who:
    • have undertaken at least one clinical placement of the relevant qualification.

What does a vaccination worker do?

Vaccination workers rotate through their assigned NSW Health vaccination hub and are able to perform various roles, including administering the vaccine, providing post-vaccination advice and working in the observation area post-vaccination. Vaccination workers are under the direct, line-of-sight supervision of a clinician at all times.

What training must vaccination workers complete?

Prior to commencing on duty, vaccination workers are required to:

  • Successfully complete core and elective COVID-19 vaccination training modules from the free, publicly available COVID-19 Vaccination Training Program developed by the Commonwealth Department of Health in partnership with the Australian College of Nursing
  • Successfully complete the MyHealthLearning vaccination management modules
  • COVID-19 vaccination training modules from the Sydney University COVID-19 Vaccination Administration Training and competency assessment

NSW Health will provide this training to successful candidates, free of charge.

What is the salary for a vaccination worker?

Vaccination workers will be engaged as a casual employee at a rate of $24.67 per hour, plus a loading of 10%.

How do I apply?

Vaccination workers will be assigned to a specific NSW Health COVID-19 vaccination clinic managed by the employing local health district. If you meet the eligible student criteria above and are prepared to complete the mandatory training, please find the Statewide COVID-19 Student Vaccination Worker role on the COVID-19 Vaccination Job Portal to lodge an application. More information about the recruitment process can be found in the role's advertisement.

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