COVID-19 vaccination training program

Information about free and accredited training modules for people involved in the administration of COVID-19 vaccines

In preparation for Australia’s vaccine rollout, authorised COVID-19 vaccination providers must complete COVID-19 vaccination training. This will ensure our workforce is competent in the safe management and administration of COVID-19 vaccines.

The Australian Government has partnered with the Australian College of Nursing to develop and deliver free and accredited training modules.

The training is available for all authorised COVID-19 vaccination providers. This will include:

  • health professionals in hospitals
  • general practices,
  • state and Commonwealth vaccination clinics
  • Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations
  • pharmacies.

The training is also available for non-clinical and administration staff. They can access the non-clinical modules of the training such as handling, storage and administration.

Training modules

COVID-19 vaccination training modules are categorised into 2 groups, core and additional.

Core COVID-19 modules involve training for COVID-19 vaccination more broadly. Additional COVID-19 modules are specific to individual vaccine candidates.

Core COVID-19 training modules will cover:

  • COVID-19 introduction
  • handling and storage
  • communication and purpose
  • multi-dose vial (MDV) training
  • documentation and reporting
  • safety and surveillance monitoring and reporting for adverse events following immunisation

Additional COVID-19 training modules include specific training for:

  • Pfizer/BioNTech (module available)
  • Oxford University/AstraZeneca
  • Novavax
  • future vaccines (i.e as possible new vaccines emerge)

Enrolling in the training

The training is being provided free to all authorised COVID-19 vaccination providers. These first modules are targeting health professionals in hospitals who will be administering the vaccines in the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccine national rollout.

Health professionals are advised to seek confirmation from their employer that they will be a vaccination provider before accessing the training.

To enrol in the course COVID-19 vaccination providers are required to:

  • have already undertaken required training specific to their profession; and
  • have the authority to administer vaccinations in their relevant state and territory.

Administrative or non-clinical staff can also enrol to access non-clinical modules.

Online training 

All training content is delivered through an e-learning platform at no cost.

To access COVID-19 vaccination training, visit covid19vaccinationtraining.org.au

National coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline

If you need information about COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccines or help with the COVIDSafe app, call the telephone number listed below. This number operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Last updated: 
22 February 2021

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