COVID-19 updates and Information

Pharmacy Council Guidance Statements

See the Guidance Statement on providing care to patients not vaccinated against COVID-19 here.  (November 2021)

See the Pharmacy Council guidance statement on vaccination against Covid-19 and your professional responsibilities here.  (May 2021 newsletter)


Non-practising pharmacists – register your interest in Covid-19 vaccine roll-out.

The Ministry of Health is asking health professionals who are not practising, and able and willing to help, to register their interest in administering Covid-19 vaccines later this year. The Ministry wants to increase the vaccinator workforce to enable mass vaccination against Covid-19, whilst minimising disruption to existing health services.

The Ministry will pass your information to the District Health Boards (DHB) who will manage local needs. You will be employed and paid locally depending on the delivery options and funding arrangements chosen by the DHB.

Practising pharmacists – We anticipate more information will be available as the national rollout plans are finalised.

If you have completed vaccinator training or are willing to complete the necessary training, please register your interest with the Ministry of Health’s  ‘Hands Up to join our vaccination teams‘ page.

For further information on the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines including vaccinator training requirements, refer to the Immunisation Advisory Centre website.

We understand it is currently envisaged mass vaccination is likely to be quarter 3 and it is then that additional Surge workforce is likely to be employed.

The Ministry requests that you please complete all questions, especially questions regarding ethnicity, Māori and Pacific health experience, and your ability and willingness to travel to other regions.

You can also complete the form if you want to support the vaccination programme in other ways.

26 February 2021