Background

Pharmacist immunisers are registered pharmacists who have completed additional training that allows them to administer approved vaccines to specified patient groups. This improves vaccine accessibility for the community which is particularly important to limit the spread of vaccine preventable diseases.

Pharmacist immuniser requirements

In addition to completing an immunisation program recognised by the Chief Health Officer, pharmacist immunisers are required to display their certificate of completing said training, hold current First Aid and CPR certificates, and ensure that another suitably qualified staff member is on site when immunising in pharmacy settings.

Pharmacist immunisers are bound by the policies and procedures of their local jurisdiction. For more information on requirements of pharmacists in Victoria, refer to the Victorian Pharmacist-Administered Vaccination Program Guidelines.

Which vaccines can pharmacist immunisers administer in Victoria?

In Victoria, pharmacist immunisers are authorised to administer the following vaccines:

The Royal Children’s Hospital immunisation service pharmacist

The RCH Immunisation Service has a pharmacist immuniser as part of their specialist team. If you have any queries regarding a pharmacist’s role in immunisation, please email immunisation.centre@rch.org.au or phone 1300 882 924 (option 2).

Resources

Pharmacist Immuniser Training Programs

Other resources

Authors: Rachael McGuire (SAEFVIC Research Nurse, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute), Annie Cobbledick (Immunisation Pharmacist, The Royal Children’s Hospital), Nigel Crawford (Director SAEFVIC, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute), Helen Pitcher (Immunisation Section, Department of Health and Human Services) and Linny Nguy (Immunisation Section, Department of Health and Human Services)

Reviewed by: Francesca Machingaifa (MVEC Education Nurse Coordinator) and Rachael McGuire (MVEC Education Nurse Coordinator)

Date: April 5, 2022

Materials in this section are updated as new information and vaccines become available. The Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre (MVEC) staff regularly reviews materials for accuracy.

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