Canberra's nursing and paramedicine students could play a part in history during their studies, as authorities turn to them to help fill the staffing gap when the vaccine rollout picks up pace.
The ACT government is exploring clinical placements and other employment options to get students involved at mass vaccination hubs.
Staffing needs will significantly increase in two months' time as a substantial boost to Pfizer supply is anticipated.
In preparation, the territory government will open expressions of interest for people aged 30 to 39 to get their jab on Wednesday.
An ACT government spokeswoman said it was working with local universities to determine whether students could complete clinical placements, which are course requirements for nursing and paramedicine, in vaccination hubs.
She said this was being explored at vaccine hubs "now and into the future".
Students at the Australian Catholic University's Canberra campus are among those who will lend a hand.
ACU Executive Dean of Health Services Professor Justin Kemp said most ACT based students had been deemed eligible to do clinical placements by ACT Health.
"Some our industry partners in NSW and ACT have begun using ACU nursing and paramedicine students to administer COVID-19 vaccines once they have completed the training and under the supervision of the appropriate registered health professional," he said.
"The ACU staff at our NSW and Canberra campuses are registered nurses or registered paramedics and have also volunteered in the vaccination rollout and testing centres."
He said students and staff were "ready to assist" when needed.
In Victoria, ACU nursing, paramedicine and midwifery students are already employed in vaccination centres to help prepare vaccines and for post-vaccine monitoring.
The ACT government will open up expressions of interest for coronavirus vaccinations to people aged 30 to 39, so they can be easily scheduled for appointments when eligibility is expanded.
The move will see the territory cement its position as one of the fastest-moving jurisdictions to roll out coronavirus vaccinations.
The ACT is leading the charge in the rollout so far, with almost 47 per cent of people aged 16 and over having received one dose and almost 20 per cent fully vaccinated.
Nationally, almost 14 per cent of over-16s are fully vaccinated.
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