Student nurses and midwives in the ACT will be added to the Territory’s response to COVID-19 from Wednesday.

The qualified student health practitioners will be used to administer COVID vaccinations.

Health Minister, Rachel Stephen-Smith said the government had worked closely with unions, universities and the health sector to expand the ACT’s workforce during the pandemic.

“With their cooperation, we have made changes that allow the Chief Health Officer to make decisions during this public health emergency to allow specific types of student health practitioners to assist our pandemic response workforce.”

“I would like to thank our stakeholders for helping us make it possible to get more Canberrans vaccinated as supply increases in the coming weeks and months.”

It comes as 700 healthcare workers remain in quarantine as a result of the ACT’s current COVID outbreak.

More than 500 former and retired nurses have also answered calls for help from the Government, offering to rejoin the ranks during this outbreak.

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Minister Stephen-Smith said, despite all this, morale is still high amongst the Territories healthcare workers.

“People are working hard but they know that they’re doing it to protect and support their fellow Canberrans.”

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