On Tuesday 31 August, the Ministry of Health confirmed online CPR training can be accepted as an alternative to in-person CPR training during Alert Levels 3 and 4.
This change comes with a number of conditions to help ensure vaccinations continue safely. It will allow vaccinators or potential vaccinators who need to complete or update their CPR certification to do the training they need to be able to vaccinate. This change will help ensure the vaccine rollout continues at pace despite the current alert levels.
Vaccinators or potential vaccinators who need to complete CPR training should book an online training session with an approved education provider or through their DHB’s learning portals. IMAC will soon have ‘top up’ training available for vaccinators who might hold a basic CPR qualification but need to build knowledge about the treatment of anaphylaxis.
Online training is seen as an interim measure. The Ministry continues to regard in-person CPR training to be highly valued and best practice. Vaccinators and employers must ensure vaccinators attend an in-person CPR session as soon as possible following a move to Alert Level 2.
Communications about the key messages and conditions will be distributed directly throughout the sector tomorrow.
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