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

Pharmacist  ·  April 4, 2016

I am in favour of anything that helps increase the number of immunizations given, particularly those that are part of the routine immunization schedule.

I do have concerns about giving live vaccines in a community pharmacy. Patients are more likely to have an immediate reaction to a live vaccine. Do we have the knowledge, skills and safeguards in place to accommodate for this eventuality?

Travel health is a specialty area. Will pharmacists be able to issue a Yellow Fever certificate? How will patients determine which travel health vaccines they need? Will they still visit a travel health clinic (where vaccines are routinely given at the same time as the consult) and present to the pharmacy with a prescription or will pharmacists be able to prescribe? If the latter, I agree with what many others have said: further training of the pharmacist should be required to ensure expertise in travel health and a mandatory consultation with the patient should take place first. There would have to be some kind of remuneration for this consultation. Currently patients pay out of pocket for consults at a travel health clinic.

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