WA Pharmacist Immunisers

WA Pharmacist vaccination scope includes administration of Influenza, HPV, dTpa, MMR, Meningococcal ACWY and COVID-19 vaccines by trained pharmacist immunisers to eligible patients.

This information is current as at February 2023 and is subject to updated State and Commonwealth advice.

Pharmacist immunisers are registered pharmacists who have completed an approved immunisation training course.

Immunisers must ensure that they complete relevant training modules PRIOR to administration of each vaccine.

Further information is available on the WA Department of Health website

Community Pharmacy Expansion of Immunisation Services - Information for community pharmacies

From 22 November 2022, community pharmacists will be able to order additional government-funded vaccines, specifically human papillomavirus (HPV), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (dTpa), meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY) to adolescents, and measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) to eligible adults.


Authority to Administer Vaccines

Pharmacists are authorised to administer vaccines as per the three Structured Administration Supply Arrangement (SASA) documents issued by the Chief Executive Officer of Health.

WA Pharmacist Approved Vaccines

As per the SASA documents and providing that all conditions of the SASAs are met, pharmacist immunisers may administer the following vaccines to eligible patients:

  • Influenza vaccines
  • HPV vaccines
  • dTpa vaccines
  • MMR vaccines
  • Meningococcal ACWY vaccines
  • COVID-19 vaccines

A quick reference SUMMARY TABLE outlining patient eligibility for each vaccine is available as a guide.


Storage & Dosage Summary Table for COVID-19 Vaccines

Fees & Charges

Pharmacists may charge an administration fee for providing government-funded vaccines (with the EXCEPTION of the COVID-19 vaccines) to eligible patients however they are required to advise these patients that free vaccination services are available through bulk-billing GPs.

For patients not eligible for government-funded vaccines, pharmacists may charge for the vaccine AND also an administration fee.

Ordering of government-funded vaccines

The National Immunisation Program (NIP) is an established collaborative program involving the Australian Government along with State and Territory Governments.

NIP funded vaccines will continue to be provided through WA community pharmacies.

Pharmacies wishing to order government-funded vaccine stock are required to have a Onelink Vaccine Ordering account.

Influenza Immunisation Program

Government-funded influenza vaccines will continue to be available through community pharmacies.

Each year influenza vaccines are administered in accordance with the updated clinical advice provided by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).

Click here to read the ATAGI Clinical Advice regarding the administration of seasonal influenza vaccines in 2023.

An Influenza Online Training Module is available for completion as an annual refresher to support immunisers and ensure they stay up to date with the latest information on influenza immunisation.

Transfer of government-funded vaccine stock

Stock transfers of government-funded vaccines are NOT encouraged by the WA Department of Health.

This includes pharmacy-to-pharmacy, pharmacy-to-GP and any other stock movements.

Please direct any queries to vaccineorders@health.wa.gov.au

Reporting Vaccinations to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR)

It is mandatory for all vaccinations to be recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

Pharmacist immunisers should access the AIR to view the patient's immunisation history prior to administration of any vaccines to ensure appropriateness of vaccination.

Further information on how to register for the AIR and how to record vaccines on the AIR is available on our website.

Vaccine Management

Vaccines must be stored and managed in cold-chain as per the National Vaccine Storage Guidelines Strive for 5.

Cold Chain breaches and vaccine wastage

A cold chain breach occurs when the vaccine is exposed to temperatures outside the recommended range or exposure to light after it has been removed from the packet and the glass vaccine fridge door allows light to penetrate.

In such instances a cold chain breach protocol must be followed and reported.

Please note that COVID-19 Vaccine breaches and wastage are reported to the Vaccines Operations Centre (VOC).

Reporting Adverse Events Following Immunisation (AEFI)

Any unwanted or unexpected events following vaccine administration, AEFIs, must be reported to the WA Vaccine Safety Surveillance (WAVSS) via SAFEVAC.

Annual training requirements for pharmacist immunisers

Pharmacist immunisers are required to maintain currency of their CPR Certificate, First Aid Certificate and ASCIA Anaphylaxis Certificate.

In addition, an online Influenza Training Module must be completed annually.

Further information on training requirement is available on our Annual Updates for Pharmacist Immunisers webpage.

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Page last updated on: 26 April 2023