More vaccinators to boost efforts

A drive through vaccination clinic at the former Ford factory in Broadmeadows. (Damjan Janevski) 248120_01

Whittlesea and Hume residents with experience working in a health or community service setting are being invited to train as vaccinators as part of a state government push.

Up to 1000 new vaccinators, including first year health students and retired nurses, will be trained in order to boost the state’s vaccination efforts.

The broader workforce will mean more people are available to prepare and administer COVID-19 vaccines, as well as free up health professionals to return to their normal duties.

Acting Health Minister James Merlino said the move came as millions of Victorians became eligible for a third dose of vaccine.

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

“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.”

Eligible parties will be able to apply to become vaccinators in the week starting Monday, January 17.