Pharmacist Immunisation: Which Vaccine? Which State?

pharmacist immunisation by state

Back in the day, you were registered in one state. Great. You would have been tested on that state’s laws as well as the overarching Commonwealth laws.

Then in 2010 we all became nationally registered overnight. Which made things a little bit confusing.

Then each state passed their own laws to allow pharmacists to immunise – which lead us to the situation we’re in now. If you’re in the ACT you can administer influenza AND whooping cough vaccines, but cross the border into NSW and it’s influenza only.

So what vaccines can you administer in each state and what are the requirements for being a pharmacist immuniser?

ACT

Starting off in the Nation’s capital, Pharmacists can administer influenza and diphtheria/tetanus/acellular pertussis vaccines to patients over 18 years old but not pregnant women.

You have to complete an accredited training course, maintain a valid first aid and CPR certification and current certification from the ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training for pharmacists.

More information is available from ACT Pharmaceutical Services.

NSW

Pharmacists in NSW can only administer the influenza vaccine to patients over 18 years old.

You have to complete an accredited training course, and maintain a valid CPR certification.

More information is available from the NSW Pharmaceutical Services Unit.

VIC

Pharmacists in VIC can administer the influenza vaccine and pertussis-containing vaccines to patients over 18 years old.

You have to complete an approved training course and maintain a valid First Aid and CPR certification. The pharmacy must be registered with the Department of Health and Human Services.

More information is available from VIC Health.

QLD

Pharmacists in the Sunny State have a lot of options. You can administer the influenza vaccine, diphtheria/tetanusa/pertussis vaccine and the MMR vaccine to adults over 18 years old.

You have to have completed an accredited training course. But be warned – if you’ve completed a training course interstate you can only administer the influenza vaccine. You also need a current First Aid and CPR certification and current anaphylaxis management certification.

More information is available from QLD Medicines Regulation & Quality.

TAS

If you’re in the Southern Isles you’re limited to the influenza vaccine for adult patients over 18 years old.

You’ll need to complete an approved training course, hold a current certification in First Aid and CPR and complete the ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training for pharmacists. You ‘ll also need to complete 5 vaccinations under supervision before you can apply to be authorised as a Pharmacist Immuniser.

More information is available from the Department of Health and Human Services.

WA

If you’re a Sandgroper in WA you can administer the influenza vaccine to patients over 18 years old.

You’ll need to complete an approved training course and hold a current certification in First Aid & CPR. Each year you’ll need to update your knowledge on the influenza vaccines, via a module created by WA Department of Health.

More information is available from the WA Department of Health.

SA

Pharmacist immunisers in SA can administer the influenza vaccine, MMR, the combination diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis vaccine and the combination diphtheria/pertussis/poliomyelitis/tetanus vaccine. Patients must be over 16 years old.

You’ll need to complete an approved training course and the ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training for pharmacists, and hold current First Aid & CPR certification.

If you’re giving the influenza vaccine you’ll need to complete SA Health’s training program Understanding Influenza and the Influenza Vaccination Program.

For the other vaccines, you’ll need to complete SA Health’s training program Understanding Vaccines and Adult Vaccination Requirements for Workplace Programs.

More information is available from SA Health.

NT

Finally, the NT. Pharmacists in NT are allowed to administer the influenza vaccine, MMR, and the diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis vaccine.

You’ll need to complete an approved training course and the ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training for pharmacists, and hold current First Aid & CPR certification.

More information is available from the NT Department of Health.

Things to Note

  • Just because you’ve completed a course in one state doesn’t mean it’s equivalent in another state. You should contact the course provider to confirm whether the course meets the requirements of the state you’re practising in.
  • Remember that First Aid certificates only last 3 years and you have to update your CPR certification every 12 months.
  • Check that your Professional Indemnity Insurance covers vaccinating.
  • You’ll need to complete CPD in the area of immunisation.
  • Patients who are eligible to receive vaccines under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) should be referred to their GP or other NIP service.

If you’re keen on completing the immunisation training course check out our database for all upcoming courses.

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