PHC nurses juggle vaccinating and contacts

September 1, 2021

Primary health-care (PHC) nurses have been working hard to make vaccination clinics safe with two-metre distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) for vaccinators and support staff, since August’s sudden shift to level four, College of Primary Health Care Nurses acting chair Jill Clendon said.

Jill Clendon
Jill Clendon

PHC nurses were balancing this with supporting Auckland’s public health response with many being called on to do contact tracing and case management.

“Most areas have sufficient staff to do both by all accounts but the pressure is on in terms of swabbing, vaccination and contact-tracing now so it will test existing systems, processes, procedures and staffing,” Clendon said.

However, people seemed to be feeling “a little more in control” this time around, she aid.

“Although the vaccination programme is now running alongside, the systems and processes are largely the same as the last lockdown, just needing a bit of an update.”

NZNO acting associate professional services manager Angela Clark said NZNO had been prepared for the possibility of a rapid lockdown and colleges and sections were rapidly moving events online.

For details, please check NZNO website’s events and colleges & sections’ listings.