• 23rd Sep 2021

Paramedicine students join Victorian COVID-19 vaccination workforce

The Victorian Department of Health is recruiting eligible paramedicine students to join the COVID-19 vaccination program workforce.

On 1 September 2021, the Secretary to the Department of Health authorised a range of new workforces, including second and third-year paramedicine students, to prepare and/or administer the COVID-19 vaccine under a time-limited Public Health Emergency Order.

As vaccination supply increases and the Victorian COVID-19 vaccination program is scaling up to deliver more than 500,000 doses per week, second and third-year paramedicine students now have the opportunity to become part of this critical workforce.

How to get involved:

• If you work in a hospital or service that is delivering a COVID-19 vaccination service, you may be able to join the workforce locally. Discuss this with your employer.

• Search for COVID-19 vaccination roles in your local area using your usual job search platforms.

• Register with Torrens Health. The department has partnered with Torrens Health to help recruit for the vaccination workforce. Registering includes specifying your location and availability to assist within the Victorian health system.

For further information about joining the COVID-19 vaccination workforce, to confirm your eligibility, and to access the free training required prior to registration, please visit the Victorian Government's COVID-19 website.

Please note that you will also be required to complete practical bridging training and a clinical skills and competencies assessment during onboarding, and will be paid for your time.

Paramedics and students who do not meet the eligibility to prepare or administer the vaccine may still be eligible to participate in other surge COVID-19 workforce areas, such as in support or administrative roles.

Should you wish to discuss this matter further, please contact the COVID-19 Workforce Training and Readiness team at the Department of Health by email at: workforce.training@health.vic.gov.au

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