Vaccine Administration Code
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The Controlled Substances (Poisons) Regulation 2011, sub regulation 18(3) provides authorisation for a registered health practitioner determined by the Minister, to administer vaccine without a medical order. The authorisation is conditional to the administration being in accordance the Vaccine Administration Code (PDF 313KB).
To meet the requirements of the legislation a vaccine must be administered by:
The Code applies to registered nurses, midwives and pharmacists who have successfully completed an Approved immunisation training program.
A list of approved immunisation training programs for registered nurses, midwives and pharmacists are published on the Approved Immunisation Training Programs web page.
A list of recognised health facilities are organisations that are approved for the purposes of the Code are published on the Approved Organisations for Delivering Specified Immunisation Programs web page.
Specified immunisation programs are defined as:
Vaccine administration for the specified immunisation programs must be in accordance with the current recommendations as published in the online Australian Immunisation Handbook.
Vaccines cannot be administered for the purposes of travel and the management of a tetanus prone wound.
Vaccines cannot be administered under the Code if they are not administered as part of a specified program.
For further information on Vaccine Administration code, including the authorisation process, contact SA Health's Immunisation Section.