Australia’s first Pharmacist Immunisation Pilot – who did pharmacists jab with a needle again? QPIP2

Nissen, Lisa M., Lau, Esther T.L., Campbell, Chris, Glass, Beverley D., & Drovandi, Aaron (2015) Australia’s first Pharmacist Immunisation Pilot – who did pharmacists jab with a needle again? QPIP2. In APSA-ASCEPT Joint Scientific Meeting 2015, 29 November - 2 December 2015, Hobart, TAS. (Unpublished)


Introduction. The successful rollout of the Queensland Pharmacist Immunisation Pilot (QPIP1) led to expansion of the pilot into Phase 2 (QPIP2), which saw pharmacists being permitted to vaccinate adults for not only influenza, but also measles and pertussis in community pharmacies. The extremely positive results from QPIP1 paved the way for expanding the scope of pharmacists across Australia.

Aims. The aim was to continue to investigate the benefits of trained pharmacists administering vaccinations in a community pharmacy setting.

Methods. Participant demographics and previous influenza vaccination experiences were recorded using GuildCare software. Participants also completed a ‘post-vaccination satisfaction survey’ after receiving their vaccination.

Results. To date, 22,467 influenza vaccines, 1441 pertussis and 22 measles vaccinations have been administered by pharmacists. Females accounted for 57% of the participants, with the majority of the participants aged between 46-65 years of age (51.2%). It was interesting to note that 18.9% of the participants were eligible to receive a free vaccination from the National Immunisation Program, but still opted to be vaccinated by a pharmacist in a community pharmacy setting. Participants reported a positive experience with the pharmacist vaccination service; reporting they were happy to receive vaccinations from a pharmacy in the future, and being happy to recommend the service to others.

Discussion. The overwhelmingly positive uptake of this pharmacist vaccination service is demonstrated by a 100% increase in the number of influenza vaccines administered as part of QPIP1, and the ongoing positive feedback from patients. These findings will continue to pave the way for expanding the scope of practice for pharmacists across the country.

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Item Type: Conference Item (Poster)
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