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 with the Vaccine Administration Code (PDF 452KB).
To meet the requirements of the legislation, a vaccine must be administered by:
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.
Any immunisation educational program that has been approved, including those from other State or Territory Health Departments for authorisation of registered health practitioners, is recognised as an approved training program by SA Health for registered nurse immunisers.
The approved courses for registered nurses, midwives and pharmacists are listed in the following document: Approved Immunisation Education Programs in South Australia (PDF 249KB).
The process for national endorsement of immunisation education programs is currently under review, and once finalised, this will be the process SA implements.