Pharmacists, pharmacy students and interns are permitted to administer vaccines to any patient five years or older for 13 vaccine preventable diseases under certain circumstances specified in the regulations.
In order to administer injections, registrants must have completed an OCP-approved injection training course and register their training with the College.
Injection-trained pharmacists, pharmacy students and interns may only administer publicly-funded influenza vaccine, in accordance with Ontario’s Universal Influenza Immunization Program (UIIP). This legal scope of practice to administer influenza vaccine is dependent on their community pharmacy’s annual agreement with the Ministry. If any of the Ministry’s requirements cannot be met, or in any other set of circumstances, pharmacists would require delegation of authority to administer influenza vaccine.
Additionally, pharmacists may also administer injections for the purposes of patient education and demonstration (only substances specified in schedule 1).