Volunteers of all ages are being recruited to assist with the vaccine roll-out.
Only Canterbury clincis have requested SVA assistance to date but volunteers are available nationwide.
To request volunteers at your clinic or GP practice, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 005 902
Be a Volunteer
Help with New Zealand’s COVID-19 vaccination programme by being a Vaccine Clinic Volunteer.
- Assist with basic admin tasks
- Talk with members of the public and staff
- Coordinate traffic
- Answer frequently asked questions
- Support healthcare professionals in their work
- Wear a mask at all times and other PPE if required
Training and support provided to all volunteers to keep you and others safe.
- Online training course emailed to you after signup
- A manager will support you for your 4 hour shift
- You may be offered a vaccine if you have not had one
- You need to be aged 16+ and be fully healthy (no cold or cough or flu-like symptoms)
- 12 clinic locations and a range of shift options
How it works
Volunteering is easy
- Book a shift below.
- Confirm you are healthy and aged 16+
- Complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment form.
- Complete the online training (sent by email)
- Turn up to your shift. Please avoid pulling out at the last minute.
- Share the opportunity with others – help us recruit your friends to volunteer.
No, we encourage anyone and everyone to volunteer!
We’ve partnered with RedSeed.
Who provide SVA with a learning management system to help ensure you have all the information necessary for training.
We’ll send you the link after you sign up. You need to individually complete the training.
It is strongly preferred but not essential. If you have not had your vaccination you may receive it at the start of your shift
Volunteering is giving your time willingly for no expectation of financial reward.
It is free to volunteer with SVA however as a charity we are very grateful for your donations.
Student Volunteer Army is a charitable trust that supports volunteering in New Zealand. We started after the Christchurch earthquakes and now operate nationwide at primary, secondary school and tertiary levels.
At Primary school, we support students to learn the basic principles of service through SVA Schools Programme.
At Secondary school, we operate the national framework for volunteer service “SVA Service Award” which recognises volunteering through badges and a CV of volunteering.
At the tertiary level, we operate 6 clubs that mobilise students to contribute to their community.
We are a staff team of 6 spread across Christchurch, Auckland, Hamilton and Queenstown.
Learn more or make a donation at www.sva.org.nz
SVA is a registered charity. Our charitable registration number is: CC47611.
The official name of the Charity is the Student Volunteer Army Foundation which trades under Student Volunteer Army.
Donations to SVA are eligible for a 33.3% tax rebate from New Zealand’s Department of Inland Revenue (IRD).
You can make a donation here: https://sva.org.nz/donate/
Or directly via our bank account: 38-9012-0891569-04
We are able to operate if the vaccination centre is open and follow guidance from health officials
- Fully healthy
- Age 16+
- Agree to a health and privacy declaration
- Agree to maintain social distance and keep yourself safe
- You must wear a mask. You may be provided an additional one or a change in mask.
- Volunteers are treated equally as a member of staff and will receive PPE gear if necessary.
- The clinic will give you advice.
Please call SVA on 0800 005 902 or email email@example.com
- Administering the vaccine
- Providing medical advice
- Interfering in the work of the healthcare professionals in any way.
Yes, but each person must signup to via the SVA booking system.
To make a group booking, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
SVA has been placing volunteers with the Canterbury District Health Board since June. We work closely with the CDHB.
- Advising people their vaccine has been cancelled or shifted. Due to level 4, some appointments have to be moved.
- Work with admin leads to help answer questions. These clinics are busy and sometimes people will ask questions that we can help answer. You will be given an information sheet to use to help answer these. If you are unsure please ask the admin lead.
- Help the public find their way. This is new to all of us, and it can be overwhelming trying to figure out where to go. You will be given a site induction so in no time you will be an expert and be able to help people find where they need to be.
- Directing Traffic. These are busy places, and sometimes traffic can back up. We need some volunteers outside in the fresh air directing the traffic and ensuring everyone gets to their appointment on time.
- Queue management while having a chat with the public as they wait. This is your time to shine and where your expertise is needed! Be your bright bubbly self!
- Help set up and pack down the area (e.g. put chairs back). Some clinics may need a hand with moving chairs around to suit the clinic.
- Generally be helpful. If your help is not required, ask a staff member if there is anything else you can do. They will be very busy with the vaccine distribution so if you can help in any other way, please use your initiative and be an awesome SVA Volunteer!