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:
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 Order1. Complete the online NYSDOH COVID-19 Vaccine Training for Vaccinators modules.There are four training modules:
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
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 Vaccinators1. For non EMS providers, you must sign in or register on the New York State Department of Health's Learning Management System (LMS).
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:
For EMS providers, direct links will be available once you have logged in to www.VitalSignsAcademy.com.