Beyond vaccination: The benefits of having a pharmacist behind the syringe

Nissen, Lisa, Lau, Esther, Campbell, Chris, Kastrissios, Helen, Glass, Beverley, Drovandi, Aaron, & Rosenthal, Michelle (2015) Beyond vaccination: The benefits of having a pharmacist behind the syringe. In 75th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 29 September - 3 October 2015, Düsseldorf, Germany. (Unpublished)

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Background: The Queensland Pharmacist Immunisation Pilot which ran in 2014 was Australia’s first to allow pharmacists to administer vaccinations.

Aim: An aim of the pilot was 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’ following their influenza vaccination.

Results: A total of 10889 participant records and 8737 satisfaction surveys were analysed. Overall, 1.9% of participants lived with a chronic illness, and 22.5% took concomitant medications. As part of the consultation before receiving the influenza vaccination, participants acknowledged the opportunity to discuss other aspects of their health with the pharmacist, including concerns about their general health, allergies, and other medications they were taking. It was worth noting that 17.5% of people would not have received an influenza vaccination if the pharmacist vaccination service was unavailable. Additionally, approximately 10% of all participants were eligible to receive a free vaccination from the National Immunisation Program, but still opted to receive their vaccine from a pharmacist.

Conclusion: The findings from this pilot demonstrate the benefit of a pharmacist vaccination program in increasing vaccination rates, and have helped pave the way for expanding the scope of practice for pharmacists.

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Item Type: Conference Item (Poster)
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