On 10 May 2016, the Secretary Approval for Pharmacist Immuniser was gazetted to allow an approved pharmacist to administer influenza and pertussis immunisations to eligible people aged 18 years and over.
A Secretary Approval Pharmacist Immuniser defines the conditions that apply to pharmacists. The conditions of the Secretary Approval and related requirements that pharmacists are required to comply with are described in the Victorian Pharmacist-Administered Vaccination Program Guidelines. These Guidelines describe the conditions of the Approval and expectations regarding pharmacists’ training, fees, premises, vaccines, protocols, target groups and exclusions.
In 2018, The Victorian Government is expanding its existing pharmacist immuniser program to include the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, and lowering the age of access to 16 years.
These Guidelines note that in addition to measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, Pharmacist Immunisers are authorised to administer influenza and pertussis-containing vaccines to individuals aged 16 years and over.
As a condition of the Secretary Approval, pharmacies are required to provide evidence of completion of approved training, nominate a responsible pharmacist and register with the Department of Health & Human Services before they begin administering vaccinations.
Pharmacies providing a vaccination service must be accredited through an appropriate quality assurance program, such as the Quality Care Pharmacy Program.
For further information, please visit the Victoria State Government – Pharmacist Immunisers page or contact the Victorian Guild Branch.