The provincial government has passed regulatory changes giving Ontario pharmacists the authority to:
- administer the flu vaccine to children as young as two years old, and
- renew prescriptions in quantities of up to one year’s supply.
The new regulations are in effect as of December 11, 2020.
The College was directed by the Minister of Health in May 2019 to submit draft regulations to the government that also included authorizing pharmacists to administer certain substances by injection and/or inhalation for purposes that are in addition to patient education and demonstration, and pharmacist prescribing for certain minor ailments. These draft regulations have not yet been approved.
The College is committed to supporting registrants with resources and practice tools to expand their scope of practice safely and with confidence, and a list of applicable guidelines and education modules has been developed and posted on the College website.