Vaccination Services

National Immunisation Program Vaccinations in Pharmacy (NIPVIP) Program

The National Immunisation Program Vaccinations in Pharmacy (NIPVIP) Program allows eligible patients to access free National Immunisation Program (NIP) vaccines in a community pharmacy, with no out-of-pocket costs.

The NIPVIP Program will commence on 1 January 2024, with program registration and claiming available in the PPA Portal from this date.

Participating pharmacies can receive a payment of $18.85 per vaccination for the administration of National Immunisation Program (NIP) vaccines in a pharmacy setting, for individuals aged 5 years and over. The NIP vaccines that can be administered by pharmacies are determined by state and territory legislation.

The PPA Portal also provides the following program information:

  • Eligibility (Service Provider and Patient Eligibility)
  • Claiming and Payments
  • Program FAQ, and
  • Program Rules and Downloads.

Important

  • The NIP vaccines that pharmacies can administer are determined by state and territory legislation, including by vaccine and age cohort.
  • Where a patient does not meet the eligibility criteria or does not consent to their details being provided to the PPA for claiming purposes, the NIPVIP Service Provider may offer the service at a patient’s cost, ensuring compliance with state and territory requirements/legislation
  • Where a pharmacy is administering a NIP vaccine to a patient less than 5 years of age at the time of vaccination, the pharmacy must not charge for the NIP vaccine itself. They may however choose to charge the patient a fee to administer the vaccine, so long as they are authorised to administer the vaccine for the age group in a pharmacy setting as per state/territory legislation.
Vaccination legislation and regulations

Vaccination legislation and regulations

The vaccination legislation and regulation for vaccination in community pharmacy differs for each state and territory including the types of vaccines that can be administer, who is authorised to administer vaccines and the minimum age for patients receiving a vaccine.

Australian Immunisation Register

Australian Immunisation Register

The Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) is a national register that records vaccinations given to people of all ages in Australia.

It is mandatory for all vaccination providers to report immunisations to the AIR.

Resources

Resources

The Guild has developed a range of flu vaccination resources for use in promoting your in-pharmacy service, which include posters, suggested social media posts, downloadable handouts, templates and forms.

History of Pharmacy Vaccination Services

Since well before the publication of the Community Pharmacy Roadmap in May 2010 the Guild has been actively working on expanding pharmacists professional activities in the delivery of services to improve the health outcomes of all Australians.  The Guild has always seen pharmacist vaccination as an opportunity for innovation in community pharmacy health service delivery.

On 5 December 2013, the Pharmacy Board of Australia announced that vaccination was within the current scope of practice of pharmacists. This statement followed work undertaken on its behalf by the then Advanced Pharmacy Practice Framework Steering Committee and with consultation with the Guild.

The Queensland Pharmacist Immunisation Pilot (QPIP) Phase 1 operated from 1 April 2014 to 30 September 2014 in 80 pharmacies and saw 10,889 influenza vaccines delivered, demonstrating that community pharmacy is well placed to improve vaccination rates. Almost one in five people vaccinated in the QPIP Phase 1 trial had indicated that they would not otherwise have been vaccinated and one in seven said it was the first time they had been vaccinated for influenza. The QPIP Phase 2 trial operated from March 2015 to April 2016 and was expanded to include measles and pertussis in 200 pharmacies.

Since early 2015, appropriately trained pharmacists in South Australia and Western Australia have been administering approved vaccines. Since 2016, appropriately trained pharmacists in Tasmania, ACT, NSW, QLD and Victoria can administer approved vaccines

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Page last updated on: 15 January 2024