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

Pharmacist  ·  April 2, 2016

If we can already give flu shots, why can we not give other vaccines? Of course the training would be essential, but it is not difficult for someone as highly trained as a licensed pharmacist to learn the requirements of administering various vaccinations. There is also the question of reimbursement. Many pharmacists are taking on additional responsibilities without getting any additional pay for those responsibilities. If we are giving the same vaccination as a physician, should we not be paid the same amount? With respect to students giving injections I do not believe it is a good idea to allow them to give an unlimited number of injections as chains and independent pharmacy owners may use pharmacy students and interns as workhorses to provide huge numbers of injections to pad their pockets. Instead, students and interns should be able to provide up to a certain number of injections during their training in order to demonstrate competency, but not to be forced to give injections during their entire shift for multiple weeks at a time.

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