Proposed Changes to the Pharmacy Act (Administration of Vaccines by Pharmacists)
The College is currently seeking feedback on proposed amendments to the Pharmacy Act Regulations that, if approved, would authorize pharmacists to administer select vaccines.
The proposed changes would allow for the administration of vaccinations for 13 diseases that are preventable by vaccines. This includes vaccinations for Haemophilus Influenzae Type B, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Herpes Zoster, Human Papillomavirus, Japanese Encephalitis, Meningitis, Pneumococcal Disease, Rabies, Tuberculosis, Typhoid Disease, Varicella Virus and Yellow Fever.
The Regulation amendments, if passed, would make these vaccines more convenient and accessible for patients. However, pharmacists would not be authorized to prescribe vaccinations, and patients would be required to obtain a prescription from an authorized prescriber before a pharmacist could administer it.
Additionally, the proposed amendments would authorize pharmacy students and interns to administer injections — both those under the Universal Influenza Immunization Program and the selected vaccines — subject to the terms, limits and conditions imposed on their certificate of registration.
Currently, pharmacists may administer the influenza vaccine within the context of Ontario’s Universal Influenza Immunization Program (UIIP). These proposed amendments to the Pharmacy Act Regulation support the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s promise to provide Ontario’s patients with an improved healthcare experience.
Is any training required?
Yes. Any pharmacist administering injections has to successfully complete OCP-approved pharmacist injection training, maintain valid certification in CPR and First Aid, and register their training with the College. Pharmacy professionals who have completed injection training are noted as such on the “Find a Pharmacy or Pharmacy Professional” section of the College website.
Are training requirements the same for UIIP and other vaccines?
Yes, injection training requirements are the same for administering any authorized injection. Those pharmacists who previously registered their injection training for the UIIP will already meet the requirements to administer the vaccinations for the 13 diseases listed in the proposed Regulation.