Feedback for Proposed Changes to the Pharmacy Act (Administration of Vaccines by Pharmacists)

Pharmacist  ·  April 1, 2016

There should be pharmacists who are dedicated to injections only. I can see how certain commercial pharmacies will jump on the opportunity to make pharmacists push these vaccines and not give extra technician or pharmacist support, same as flu shots. Also, we need access to patient health data and vaccines given, few people know what they already had accurately, and it makes sense to record the vaccines in a unified electronic chart. Also, access to their chart to look at contra-indications and indications. Otherwise, how are we going to really make sure it goes in a patient's record? Write in the yellow card, if they have one would make sense. Travel vaccines- makes sense, but we don't have the proper training, would be a good idea for those who don't know to have a special course about travel vaccines, again, not hard, there are online ces about that already. Also, what will happen to travel clinic physicians? OCP needs to talk to them, otherwise we are treading on their turf and they will see it as that. Who will prescribe the anti malaria and anti diarhhea drugs, who will figure out if you need yellow fever vaccine? How is it recorded? Why would people make two trips to a travel clinic and to the pharmacy for the shots? It would make sense if these pharmacies were working with the travel clinics or were next to them.

Also, I would want a closed consult room for certain vaccines - I don't want to discuss patient info in an open corner of the pharmacy or have people scream from the yellow fever vaccine in plain view (it is quite painful).

I have no problem with interns and students doing shots, they took the same course as us, and we all had to 'practice' on our first patients anyway, it would be better if they gave their first shots as students, it's not that hard as a skill but you have to learn it on people, with someone who will give you pointers and tips, not on sponges.

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