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Administration of Injections Certificate Program for Pharmacists
The BCPhA collaborated with the College of Pharmacists of BC (CPBC), Ministry of Health and BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) to develop its Accredited Administration of Injections Certificate Program.
Training sessions began in September 2009. As of May 2013, more than 2,300 pharmacists have received the authority to administer injections in the province! Congratulations to all the pharmacists who have embraced this expanded scope of practice.
The BCPhA Administration of Injections Certificate Program is made up of two components; an online pre-study called the Immunization Competency Program for BC Health Professionals, and an in-person workshop called the Practical Administration of Injections for BC Pharmacists. Each component requires separate registration. Upon successful completion of both components, a pharmacist can be considered to hold a continuing education certificate in Immunizations and Injections. Please review the statement of appropriate use for the BCPhA continuing education certificate in Immunizations and Injections. The continuing education certificate is not a certification in immunizations and injections.
Pharmacists must receive authorization from the CPBC prior to providing injection services. To receive authorization, a pharmacist must submit an Application for Certification - Injection Drug Administration form along with valid certificates for CPR & first aid and both Injection Program components. Applications for the legal authority to administer injections will be reviewed by CPBC as they are received and qualified applicants will be notified of their authorization.
Pharmacist Expanded Access to Publicly Funded Vaccines
Since February 2013, pharmacists authorized to administer injections have access to and are remunerated for the administration of more publicly funded vaccines. Pharmacists now have routine access to Td (tetanus diphtheria), MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), HPV-Cervarix, influenza and pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccines. Other publicly funded vaccines typically provided by public health or available for limited eligibility criteria are also available to authorized pharmacists by special request including hepatitis A & B vaccines, HPV-Gardasil, meningococcal-C and Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis) among several others.
Links to information regarding expanded access including general information and Health Authority specific content and forms will be available in the member's section of our website. Click here and log in for more information.