The Board acknowledges we are in unprecedented times with a global pandemic at play and strongly believes registered health care professionals have an important role in protecting the public.
The Board has been asked by the Ministry of Health to consider enabling registered dietitians to contribute specifically to support New Zealand’s largest immunisation programme.
The Board supports the Ministry of Health’s national COVID19 vaccination roll-out and is supportive of registered dietitians who hold a current Annual Practising Certificate (APC) to be trained to administer COVID19 vaccines should they wish to do so.
Dietitians work in partnership with individuals, whānau, communities, and populations, in states of health and disease, to support optimal health and well-being. Whilst this is usually specific to their knowledge of scientific evidence related to food and nutrition, the Board is acutely aware dietitians are a group of registered health professionals who can step into a shared space within the health sector to support the greater public good.
Please read the Board’s POSITION STATEMENT that supports registered dietitians become Authorised COVID19 Vaccinators.