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Nurses to administer the COVID-19 vaccine without an order

The Ministry of Health has created an exemption in the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 to allow Registered Nurses, Registered Practical Nurses and specified pharmacists to administer the COVID-19 vaccine without an order.  

The exemption only applies for nurses practicing in certain organizations that have an agreement with the Minister of Health related to administration of the COVID-19 vaccine. These include municipally run vaccination sites, hospital sites, mobile vaccination sites, pharmacies, clinics, primary care settings and community locations such as community health centres and aboriginal health access centres.

Nurses are accountable for understanding and complying with the requirements and maintaining competence to provide safe and effective care to the public. This includes having the knowledge, skill and judgment to administer a vaccine.  

If you have questions about this exemption or your accountabilities for administering COVID-19 vaccines, read our FAQs or contact our Practice Quality team.

Related links:

Ministry announcement: Province to expand COVID-19 immunization


Page last reviewed January 14, 2021