Pandemic Immunizer Education

Education resource designed to support health care providers who will be supporting Community Immunization Clinics in Nova Scotia, providing COVID-19 vaccinations to residents.

Nova Scotia Health Immunization Course

As part of the initial immunization competency process, the Beginner Immunizer must demonstrate proficiency in the clinical skill in the practice setting by using one of the skills checklists below in collaboration with their preceptor or educator. Immunizers who do have prior experience in immunization, but do not have current competency (e.g. more than 2 years since immunized), must also complete the course.

The completed checklist must be submitted by the Pandemic Immunizer to the Health Services Manager or delegate prior to independent practice.


Nursing, medical, and pharmacy students must also complete the Nova Scotia Health Immunization Course, demonstrate competency, and be supervised by another health care provider competent in immunization practice.

NOTE Health care providers working in Public Health, Primary Health Care/Family Practice, and Occupational Health are required to take a more extensive immunization course. For details, see Immunization Policy & Procedure PH-HP-015.


Nova Scotia Health Immunization Course

This course is offered via the Nova Scotia Health Provincial Learning Management System (LMS). It will take approximately 120 minutes to complete

Upon successful completion of this continuing education program, participants will be able to: 

  • Provide education and assessment for recommended immunizations
  • Provide safe and competent practices for recommended immunizations  

The following modules are the core components of the course: 

  1. Immunology and vaccinology
  2. Assessment and preparation of the client for immunization
  3. Immunization administration techniques
  4. Adverse events
  5. Safe handling of vaccines