COVID-19 pharmacist relief workforce
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COVID-19 pharmacist relief workforce       

The COVID-19 pharmacist relief workforce has been established to help minimise the impact of COVID-19 on the pharmacy profession’s ability to provide services where pharmacists are over worked and/or themselves are required to self-isolate because of COVID-19. 

To identify and match relief pharmacists, we are:

  • collating a list of registered pharmacists with extra capacity to work who are available to fill positions in a pharmacy at short notice
  • issuing emergency practising certificates to non-practising pharmacists who want to join the pharmacist relief workforce
  • connecting pharmacies who need workforce relief with available pharmacists.

Want to help?

If you:

  • hold a current APC and have extra capacity to work, or
  • are non-practising but have held an APC and practised within the past three years

please complete our online form.

For pharmacists who do not hold a current APC, we will email you a link and issue the emergency practising certificate once you advise you have an offer of employment. 

Please note – an emergency practising certificate will not be issued for the purpose of working as a vaccinator, and practise under an emergency practising certificate will not be recognised for the purposes of returning to practice.

Need help?

If you and/or the pharmacy you are working in needs additional or relieving pharmacists due to the impact of COVID-19, please email us directly with:

  • Pharmacy name
  • contact person name
  • phone number
  • email address
  • DHB region your pharmacy is in.

Email us at:

Alternatively, if your request is urgent, please call us on 04 495 0330.