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Ministry of Health

Pharmacy Clinical Services

Administration of Vaccines

Pharmacists who receive authorization to administer immunizations in B.C. must follow the Standards, Limits and Conditions established by the College of Pharmacists of B.C. and have the knowledge, skills and abilities to do so safely and effectively.

More information about pharmacist authorization to administer vaccines can be found on Medication Management (Administering Injections) - College of Pharmacists of BC.

Administration of vaccines as part of the publicly funded provincial immunization program

Pharmacists authorized to administer immunizations are invited to submit requests to their local public health units for the following vaccines:

  1. Influenza Vaccine for the 2011‐12 season
  2. Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine, 23 valent

Pharmacists who already work with their local health units to administer other immunizations to underserved areas are encouraged to continue providing this service using pre-existing procedures.

Pharmacists can then administer these vaccines at no charge to the patient.  Pharmacists can submit a fee to PharmaCare for administering selected publicly funded vaccines to eligible recipients.

Work is underway to make other vaccines within the publicly funded provincial immunization program available to authorized pharmacists for administration to eligible recipients in the near future.

More information about the administration of publicly funded vaccines and submitting a claim to PharmaCare can be found in the Resource Guide for Pharmacists and Publicly Funded Vaccines.