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The Pharmacy Board of Australia's (PBA)
decision to recognise the administration
of vaccines as part of the scope of
practice of Australian pharmacists has
been welcomed by PSA.
The PBA has announced that it 'noted
the work undertaken on its behalf by
the Advanced Practice Framework
Steering Committee and has advised
that in its opinion vaccination is
within the current scope of practice
of a pharmacist. However, further
work regarding competence to do so,
standards, training and where this may
take place will need to be completed
before vaccination by a pharmacist will
be able to occur'.
PSA National President, Grant Kardachi,
said the decision brought Australia
into line with international practice
and also opened the way for delivering
wider immunisation services through
'We have seen already from
international experience that consumers
see great value in pharmacists providing
immunisation services,' Mr Kardachi said.
'These services have been shown to
fill gaps in coverage and complement
those provided by doctors, with
international studies finding that the
people who use pharmacy vaccinations
services would otherwise normally not
be immunised because they would
not go to a doctor or other health
professional for a vaccination.
'The overwhelming clinical and scientific
evidence is that vaccinations provided
through pharmacies are both safe
PSA has issued guidelines for providing
immunisation services with a view
to promoting best practice and to
delivering high-quality immunisation
services in pharmacies and ensuring
that no gaps exist in this public
The PSA's Practice guidelines for the
provision of immunisation services
within pharmacy provided guidance
to pharmacists on professional issues
and obligations related to hosting
immunisation services within the
'These guidelines (available at www.psa.
org.au) are relevant in the context of the
current situation,' Mr Kardachi said.
He said pharmacists as the medicines
experts had sophisticated cold chain
protocols in place for testing of storage
refrigerators to ensure vaccines were
'We look forward to working
collaboratively with our colleagues
in the healthcare team around this
important public health initiative to
ensure more and more Australians
are protected from disease,'
Mr Kardachi said.
Avoidable if Governments
If governments implemented
appropriate vaccination programs
26 million deaths from vaccine-
preventable diseases could be averted
in the next decade according to the
World Health Organization (WHO).
The WHOs Coordinator for Programme
and Impact Monitoring in the
Department of Immunization, Vaccines
and Biologicals, Dr Thomas Cherian,
predicted that 26 million deaths
from vaccine-preventable diseases
could be averted, but only if national
governments act now.
While speaking at the Excellence in
Paediatrics Conference hosted by Sidra
Medical and Research Center in Qatar,
he advocated for the following steps to
be taken to achieve this goal:
• Generate political commitment
and promote country ownership of
national immunisation programs,
ensuring better governance,
adequate investments, and a strong
emphasis on evidence for prioritising
and planning at the national level.
• Strengthen immunisation systems
and promote greater integration with
broader health systems.
• Increase access to an affordable
supply of quality vaccines to all
• Improve the availability and quality
of data and information to monitor
• Empower pediatricians to create
awareness, allay fears, and use every
contact with children and families
to check and immunise when it
While immunisation already prevents
millions of deaths and uncounted
illnesses, we must continue working
together in supporting countries to
deliver life-saving vaccines to people in
every community and in every country,'
Dr Cherian said.
'Together, we can make the Global
Vaccine Action Plan vision --
a world in which all individuals and
communities enjoy lives free from
vaccine-preventable diseases -- a reality.'
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