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

Pharmacist  ·  April 3, 2016

Administration of vaccines( eg. Flu) is not new for pharmacists. After proper training in Intramuscular or subcutaneous injections, Pharmacists are already doing a good job in patient care. Being front-line health care Practitioners, Pharmacists, Pharmacy students and interns should be allowed for travel or routine immunizations. Allowing them to inject other vaccines (travel as well as routine) with proper monitoring will increase patients adherence to routine immunizations as they don't have to run to and fro between Doctors and Pharmacists. It will be more convenient to Patients to directly take their yellow immunization card to Pharmacists and get their vaccinations done at one spot. Although it might increase the work-load on Pharmacists, but as with expanding scope of Registered Pharmacy Technicians, the work-load on Pharmacists can be delegated/divided. Also at the same time, the workload (stress) from the shoulders of Doctors will be lowered a little. I would like to highly recommend this new opportunity to be given to Canadian Pharmacists.

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