In the ACT, pharmacists that meet a specific criteria can provide certain vaccinations to patients. Pharmacist vaccinations are aimed at complementing existing immunisation services and improving public access to immunisation in the ACT.
Under the Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008, pharmacists are authorised to administer certain vaccines without a prescription.
This authorisation is subject to training, premises, reporting and record keeping requirements as set out by the Chief Health Officer in the ACT Pharmacist Vaccination Standards (the Vaccination Standards).
An authorised pharmacist may vaccinate people against influenza and pertussis (whooping cough) in the ACT provided they comply with the Vaccination Standards. All pharmacists must complete specific training before they can offer vaccinations services.
Please see the ACT Pharmacist Vaccination Standards for information about patient eligibility and vaccine administration.
From April 2019, changes have been made to the Vaccination Standards to:
- allow pharmacists to administer vaccinations to patients aged 16 years or older (previously 18 years or older);
- remove specific brand names of vaccines to allow pharmacists to access any brand of an approved vaccine and facilitate a pilot program in 2019 to enable pharmacists to supply National Immunisation Program funded influenza vaccines in accordance with ACT Health requirements;
- increase the reporting frequency to ACT Health for pharmacies participating in the 2019 pilot program for NIP funded influenza vaccines; and
- require pharmacists to report vaccinations using the Australian Immunisation Register.
During the 2019 influenza season, ACT Health will be operating a pilot program with participating pharmacies to provide National Immunisation Program (NIP) funded influenza vaccinations for patients aged 65 years and over.
For more information about this program, please see the NIP funded influenza vaccine for people aged 65 and older - Pilot Program 2019.
More information about influenza and staying healthy in winter is available on the ACT Health Winter Wellbeing webpage.
The links below provide resources for ACT pharmacies providing vaccinations: