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

Pharmacist  ·  April 1, 2016

I think this is a terrific idea to alleviate the burden on physicians in our healthcare system and save the government millions of tax dollars. A lot of patients ask if we can administer flu shots, why not anything else? Pharmacists in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, PEI, and Newfoundland already have the authority to administer any vaccine. It makes sense that Ontario would follow what's already been proven to be effective. However, I do understand the added workload to community pharmacists, so the government should provide enough compensation to the pharmacist/pharmacy to consider Pharmacist shift coverages to allow for this service to function. I also think that pharmacists should be given the authority to assess and prescribe travel vaccines as well to provide optimal patient care. How much time and money is actually saved if the patient still has to wait 3 hours to see the doctor, get a prescription for the vaccines, then come down to the pharmacy to get the vaccine? If the pharmacist is trained to assess (which would be compensated by the government) and given the authority to prescribe, then the government will save money, the patient would save time, and the pharmacist would be able to help out the burdening healthcare system.

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