Become a vaccinator!
New York State is encouraging eligible New Yorkers to take the required trainings to become vaccinators and support the State's COVID-19 vaccination program.
Governor Cuomo signed an Executive Order expanding the eligible pool of trainees who can administer vaccinations at a "POD site" (flexible vaccination sites that can be set up in any community) pursuant to a non-patient specific order provided they first receive training. These include:
- Licensed practical nurses (LPNs)
- Pharmacists who are not certified to administer immunizations by SED
- Midwives who are not certified to administer immunizations by SED
- Dental hygienists*
- Emergency Medical Technicians
- Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians
- Students in eligible education programs (medicine, nursing, PA, pharmacy, dentistry, podiatry, and midwifery)
*Must have been issued a dental hygiene restricted local infiltration anesthesia/nitrous oxide analgesia certificate
All POD sites must have oversight from or be approved by NYSDOH or the applicable Local Health Department, and must have medical oversight by a licensed physician, licensed physician assistant (PA), or certified nurse practitioner (NP). These individuals must have a current certification in CPR.
Required Training Under the Executive Order
1. Complete the online NYSDOH COVID-19 Vaccine Training for Vaccinators modules. There are four training modules:
- Background on COVID-19 Vaccines:
- COVID-19 Vaccine Considerations, Patient Screening, Education, and Consent
- COVID-19 Vaccine Administration, Anaphylaxis, and Post-Vaccination Information:
- COVID-19 Vaccine Shipping, Storage, and Handling
2. Complete the in-person clinical vaccine administration training with assessment of skills and competencies signed by a supervisor or faculty member using the Immunization Action Coalition Skills Checklist for Vaccine Administration with all areas identified as meeting or exceeding required skills and competencies for vaccine administration
- For students, the checklist must be signed by the educational institution in which they are enrolled. In addition, a designee from each institution must complete an attestation for any student vaccinator, attesting that such student vaccinator has completed all required trainings and possesses the requisite immunization administration skills to administer influenza and COVID-19 vaccinations in a POD site overseen or approved by the NYSDOH or LHD
- For all other new vaccinators, the checklist may be signed by:
- An MD, PA, NP, or RN OR
- A certified EMS provider designated by the POD’s highest medical authority who has reviewed and signed off on the skills of the evaluator. Preferred EMS evaluators include Certified Lab Instructors, Certified Instructor Coordinator, Field Training Officers, EMS Training Coordinators, Agency leadership.
3. Have a current certificate in basic CPR, which at a minimum must include certification by an online program that has received accreditation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), or the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education
4. (For students): Have completed, at a minimum, at least 1 year of clinical experience.
How to Complete the Required NYSDOH COVID-19 Vaccine Online Trainings for Vaccinators
For EMS providers, go to www.VitalSignsAcademy.com and click on the top right hand side of the page “Login/Register”.
2. You must complete four training modules in your system.
To access the direct modules in the LMS system:
- Module 1 - Background on COVID-19 Vaccines
- Module 2 - COVID-19 Vaccine Considerations
- Module 3 - COVID-19 Vaccine Administration
- Module 4 - Shipping, Storage, and Handling
For EMS providers, direct links will be available once you have logged in to www.VitalSignsAcademy.com.
- NYSDOH COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Providers
- CDC COVID-19 Vaccine
- Immunization Action Coalition COVID-19 Vaccine
- Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)
- Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)
- CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Clinical Training and Resources for HCPs
- CDC Engaging in Effective COVID-19 Vaccine Conversations
- CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Toolkits