Expanding immunisation through pharmacists

Pharmacist administers a vaccine. Source: PSA.
Pharmacist administers a vaccine. Source: PSA.

Pharmacists around the world can now make use of a resource from the International Pharmaceutical Federation to help them expand their role in immunisation

The resource, “Give it a shot: Expanding immunisation coverage through pharmacists”, offers practical guidance on implementing a vaccination service and sets out the roles and technical requirements for pharmacy-based vaccines-related services.
FIP is making this document freely available to pharmacists and their teams around the world.

It makes the case for pharmacy-based vaccinations and presents a compilation of evidence and best practice.
“FIP strongly believes that pharmacists should be involved in vaccination strategies in a multitude of roles everywhere around the world and has given high priority to this area for a decade,” said FIP President Dominique Jordan.

“In recent years, the number of countries that have introduced vaccination by pharmacists or at community pharmacies has increased.

“However, barriers and opposition to this expansion of pharmacists’ scope of practice remain in many countries and with this resource, we want to inspire these countries to move forward and individuals to act.
“Vaccination is one of the most successful, safe and cost-effective health interventions of all time. Improving vaccination coverage is a global imperative and pharmacists must join these efforts.”

The resource is available here.

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