Wanted: pharmacist immunisers

Ahead of a COVID-19 vaccine, AHPRA and the Pharmacy Board are asking pharmacist immunisers to complete a survey about their immunisation training

The organisations say that information gathered from the survey will help state and territory and Commonwealth health departments prepare for a potential Australia-wide rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Currently, pharmacists who have completed the locally required immunisation training are able to administer the vaccines authorised in the state or territory where they practise without the need for the vaccine to be individually prescribed.

At present there is no central database of pharmacist immunisers and the training they have completed. This survey is planned to be used to develop a database.

Pharmacist immunisers and pharmacists currently completing immunisation training are also invited to participate in this short survey.

The survey is expected to take three to five minutes to complete.

The Board and Ahpra say they will share responses to the survey (including contact details) with the Commonwealth and state or territory health department in which respondents practise.

Health departments may use the information to plan and implement arrangements to carry out a COVID-19 vaccination program. If authorisation to administer a COVID-19 vaccine is granted to pharmacists in a jurisdiction, the local health department may contact respondents about those arrangements.

Health departments may engage third parties to help with this work and may disclose respondents’ information to those third parties for that purpose, in a way that protects their privacy.

The survey is voluntary and there is no requirement from the Board or Ahpra to complete it.

The survey closes at close of business on Monday 21 December 2020.

Immunisers can take the survey here.

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