Administering Injections – Students and Interns

Can I, as a pharmacy intern or registered pharmacy student, administer the influenza vaccine?

Yes, as of December 15, 2016, pharmacy interns and registered pharmacy students can administer the influenza vaccine if they have completed the injection training offered through their curriculum, and have up to date First Aid and CPR certifications. Students must also be participating at a pharmacy that is registered with the Universal Influenza Immunization Program (UIIP).

You are reminded that you are accountable for practicing in accordance with your knowledge, skill and judgment, and are expected to adhere to the requirements outlined in the Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice, legislation and College policies and guidelines when providing any pharmacy service.


Can I, as a pharmacy intern or registered pharmacy student, administer other authorized vaccines?

Yes, as of December 15, 2016, pharmacy interns and registered pharmacy students can administer other vaccines authorized in the regulations if they have completed the injection training offered through their curriculum, and have up to date First Aid and CPR certifications. All injections must be administered in accordance with the College’s Administering a Substance by Injection or Inhalation Guideline.


Does my supervisor need to have registered their injection training with the College in order for me to administer injections?

Yes. Your supervisor must have completed an OCP-approved injection training course, ensured their First Aid and CPR certification is up to date, and registered their training with the College in order for you to administer an injection under their supervision. For further guidance on the role of your supervisor, see OCP’s policy on Supervision of Pharmacy Students and Interns.


How can I protect myself and my patients from infection or disease while administering injections?

Protect yourself and your patients by following routine infection prevention and control practices and following personal protective measures. Examples would include wearing gloves and ensuring that needles and syringes are changed and appropriately discarded between each patient. For more, read through the resources available from the Public Health Agency for Canada and Infection Control for Regulated Professionals: Pharmacists’ Edition.


Do I need additional insurance to administer injections?

No. All pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, students and interns are required to maintain personal professional liability insurance coverage. As long as the coverage complies with OCP by-laws and includes the professional services regulated by OCP, you do not need additional coverage to administer injections.


Where can I find additional information about administering injections?

The College’s Practice Tool has additional information about administering injections. You should review the College’s Administering a Substance by Injection or Inhalation Guideline prior to administering any injections.


How do I, as a pharmacy intern or registered pharmacy student, register with the College that I have completed my injection training?

The College is developing the process by which you will need to register this training. More information will be provided in the coming weeks.