The Tasmanian Branch welcomed the changes to the Tasmanian Poisons Regulations 2008 (S.R. 2008, No. 162) on the 3rd of February 2016 which enabled appropriately trained and approved pharmacists to administer influenza vaccines to people over 18 years of age in an approved setting.
Pharmacists wishing to administer influenza vaccines must take appropriate training to ensure they have the knowledge and skills to administer vaccines. Once a pharmacist has completed approved training, they are required to administer five vaccinations under the supervision of a nurse immuniser or GP in clinical conditions. Final approval is then provided by the Director of Public Health. The Community Pharmacy must also be approved by the Director of Public Health. The Tasmanian Guild Branch has prepared the resource Pharmacist Vaccination In Tasmania Explained.
The Tasmanian Guild Branch delivers the Guild Pharmacist Vaccination Training – Pharmacist Administration of Influenza Vaccine that provides participants with the skills and knowledge to provide immunisations to people in a community pharmacy environment in Tasmania. This course is accredited for 22 Group 2 CPD points.
For further information, please contact the Tasmanian Guild Branch.