APC revises Standards for vaccination programs

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

The Australian Pharmacy Council has published revised Standards for the Accreditation of Programs to support Pharmacist Administration of Vaccines following stakeholder consultation

Eligibility criteria for APC accredited immunisation training programs for pharmacists have been amended in this version of the Vaccination Standards to include pharmacy students who are enrolled in an APC accredited degree program.

This will allow students to take an accredited vaccination training program delivered either within the degree program curriculum or via an external provider (during the period of study).

This change is aligned to the National Immunisation Education Framework for Health Professionals.

The APC says it recognises that the National Immunisation Education Framework is the primary document for development and delivery of immunisation education programs.

The intent of updating the APC standards is to reflect the National Framework until the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) immunisation harmonisation process is completed, and State and Territory legislation is amended.

The standards recognise that after first being introduced in Australia in 2014, pharmacist administered immunisation has become an important strategy to increase vaccination rates and prevent disease.

The revised Standards can be accessed here.

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