The Scheduled Substance Treatment Protocol (SSTP) allows appropriately trained pharmacists to administer influenza, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) and DTP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) vaccines to persons aged 16 years.
In May 2020, the NT Chief Health Officer enabled pharmacists to administer the influenza vaccination to children aged 10 years and over, after completing an additional unit of education. This change lowers the previous age minimum from 16 years old. The details of the change are set out in the Government Gazette No. S30.
The age limit of 16 years and over remains in place for pharmacists administering the MMR and DTP vaccines.
The Northern Territory Department of Health have updated the Administration of Vaccines by Pharmacists at Pharmacies NT Protocol and the PS5 Standard for Pharmacy Based Immunisation Programs.
Pharmacists may also administer vaccinations outside of pharmacy premises, in line with the regulations set out in the Administration of Vaccines by Pharmacists at places other than Pharmacies in the Northern Territory Protocol.
The NT Branch of the Pharmacy Guild provides accredited training for immunising pharmacists. Please contact the NT Branch on 08 8944 6900 or email@example.com for further information.