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

Pharmacist  ·  April 3, 2016

This expansion makes perfect sense. As others have stated, the technique used to administer non-influenza vaccinations is no different than what we are already used to doing with the Universal Influenza Immunization Program, and both IM and SC injections are taught and tested in the training programs we complete to earn this authorization. I am confused why so many respondents are resistant to students and/or interns being able to inject, as they receive the same level of training in this as we do. As long as the pharmacist determines the clinical appropriateness of the vaccine for the patient, the administration itself can be just as effectively performed by a student or intern under supervision. Student immunizers have been successfully utilized in the United States and other Canadian provinces without any problems. I also disagree that more training is needed for us to be competent to administer travel vaccines. As stated above, the administration technique is generally the same no matter what is in the vial, and we are already responsible for determining appropriateness and being aware of the indications/contraindications/adverse effects in order to perform our professional duty while dispensing it. After this assessment and patient education, administering it is the easy part! I can't wait until our scope is broadened to all injectables for this exact reason. There's no reason why we can't do it when other jurisdictions have successfully had pharmacists, students, and interns administer a broad range of vaccines and non-vaccine injectables.

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