Outline of four phases to replace the NIR and CIR with the AIR

Our plan to replace the NIR and CIR with the AIR is being carried out in four phasesThese phases may at times overlap.

Phase One: Supporting the 2022 flu campaign 

Phase one of the AIR implementation was focused on supporting the roll-out of flu vaccinations through 2022. This was largely centred on the implementation of a flu form in the CIR, the implementation of GP notifications to make sure GPs are aware of flu vaccinations happening outside of general practice, and the pilot of the new AIR administration system to improve data collection and monitor data quality.  

Phase Two: Reducing the load on the NIR and developing the AIR vaccinator portal (in flight) 

Phase two focuses on developing the AIR vaccinator portal. This includes onboarding facilities and staff, recording vaccinations and viewing vaccination history held in the NIR, CIR and AIR. This phase is underway and is estimated to run to Q3 2023. During this phase we will continue to add functionality to the AIR vaccinator portal, including increasing the number of vaccines. As the AIR vaccinator portal evolves, we will continue to onboard more users from across the immunisation sector and reduce the load on the NIR.  

Phase Three: Enabling consumer access to immunisation records 

The AIR programme is working with other Te Whatu Ora programmes to develop a digital channel for consumers to access their own immunisation records, and those of their dependents. 

Phase Four: Migrating and shifting connected systems from the NIR to AIR 

The largest phase of the programme is implementing the Immunisation Source of Truth (ImmSOT), migrating data from the current NIR, and connecting existing systems (including GP and other third-party systems) to the AIR. 

What is currently happening?

Updated December 2022 

The AIR vaccinator portal supports vaccinators working outside of general practice to record vaccinations and view vaccination history that exists in the AIR, NIR and CIR. This includes those working in pharmacies, occupational health, Māori and Pacific community health providers and public health units.   

A pilot has been completed with a small number of Māori community providers who used the AIR vaccinator portal to record adult MMR vaccinations. The pilot was used to assist with testing the system and providing insights into future requirements. 

From December, the pharmacy sector has been invited to sign up to the AIR vaccinator portal, starting with facility managers and then vaccinators. The aim is for the AIR vaccinator portal to replace ImmuniseNow from mid-January 2023. Other segments of the vaccinating workforce will be invited to start using the AIR vaccinator portal in a staged approach from January 2023.  

Work continues in engaging with PMS vendors to develop the next stages of the AIR which will support the connection of electronic patient management systems (PMS) with AIR. We will keep you updated as progress is made.