Pharmacy business owners are required to have an Infection Control Management Plan (ICMP). Pharmacies are encouraged to use QLD Health’s ICMP Template and Step by Step instructions for further guidance in aligning the ICMP with their current infection control procedures, however, their use is not mandatory. More information about Infection Control Management Plans is available here.
The Queensland branch has developed an Example Infection Control Management Plan (ICMP) for their members. The Plan is in accordance with the QLD Pharmacist Vaccination Standard and is designed to supplement and support Members existing infection control procedures.
If a patient reports an adverse event following immunisation, the QLD Department of Health should be notified via the Adverse Event Following Immunisation (AEFI) reporting form available on the Queensland Health website.
If your pharmacy wishes to promote its vaccination services, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has issued a reminder recently that pharmacists may advertise a ‘vaccination service’ to consumers but must not promote the vaccines, which are Schedule 4 medicines.
Pharmacists are encouraged to refer to both the Guidelines for advertising regulated health services (AHPRA, May 2014) and Advertising of vaccination services (TGA, 24 Mar 2016).
The pharmacy is to make a record of every occasion on which a vaccine is administered to a patient and the required information to be kept is detailed in the Queensland Pharmacist Vaccination Standard. GuildCare software is one platform that allows pharmacies to easily record vaccination information.