09 Dec 2020
The Pharmacy Board of Australia (the Board) and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) are asking pharmacist immunisers to complete a survey about their immunisation training.
Information gathered from the survey will help state and territory and Commonwealth health departments prepare for a potential Australia-wide rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Currently, pharmacists who have completed the locally required immunisation training are able to administer the vaccines authorised in the state or territory where they practise without the need for the vaccine to be individually prescribed.
At present there is no central database of pharmacist immunisers and the training they have completed. This survey will be used to develop a database.
Pharmacist immunisers and pharmacists currently completing immunisation training are also invited to participate in this short survey which should take about 3-5 minutes to complete.
The Board and Ahpra will share your responses to the survey (including your contact details) with the Commonwealth and state or territory health department in which you practise. Health departments may use the information to plan and implement arrangements to carry out a COVID-19 vaccination program. If authorisation to administer a COVID-19 vaccine is granted to pharmacists in your jurisdiction, the local health department may contact you about those arrangements.
Health departments may engage third parties to help with this work and may disclose your information to those third parties for that purpose, in a way that protects your privacy.
Please complete the survey by the close of business in your jurisdiction on Monday 21 December 2020.
You can take the survey here.