Published by Auckland, Counties Manukau and Waitematā DHBs on 29/03/2022 9:00:13 AM.
‘Off label’ prescribing of vaccines
We would like to remind GPs of your responsibility if prescribing any COVID vaccine ‘off-label’ i.e. where Medsafe has not given approval for that particular use.
Any off label usage requires:
Update to Schedule 3 (Vaccines) in the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order
Schedule 3 of the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021 has been amended to expand the recognised list of COVID-19 vaccines – see here.
Novavax has been added to the schedule as a recognised primary course vaccine. It is currently only approved for the primary vaccination course (two vaccination doses), not as a booster vaccination. However, the Novavax vaccine is available as a booster on prescription from an authorised prescriber. A consultation is required as this is considered off label use – see above.
If a person has received a partial or full course of any of the listed vaccines, then they will require an additional vaccine dose in order to be considered vaccinated in New Zealand.
If you have staff who have received COVID-19 vaccinations overseas and you need to confirm their compliance with the Vaccinations Order, contact the My Covid Record team on 0800 222 478 or email: email@example.com. They will be able to provide information on what is required to have these vaccinations uploaded and registered against individuals.
Vaccination after getting COVID-19 – clarification
We would like to clarify that the previously publicised interval after getting COVID-19 only applies to COVID-19 vaccination and not to any other vaccines.
After recovering from COVID-19, the Ministry of Health recommend the following vaccination intervals:
No interval is required for other vaccines.