As the province slowly begins to re-open, pharmacists will be increasingly relied upon to provide healthcare services such as immunizations. What will immunization practices look like post COVID-19 pandemic? What should pharmacists consider in order to provide vaccinations safely and effectively? Join Ajit Johal as he uses examples from previous pandemics and discusses immunization practices in the "new normal".
At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:
- Describe the lessons learned from the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic and how they apply to the present day COVID-19 pandemic.
- Recognize the challenges in vaccine development, manufacturing, and dissemination.
- Discuss strategies to provide immunization services safely to reduce COVID-19 transmission.
- Develop a plan to prepare your pharmacy for the upcoming 2020-2021 influenza season.
About the Speaker: Ajit Johal
Ajit has been providing immunizations and clinical education since 2012. As a community pharmacist, he is an accessible provider of immunizations to patients in the community. In 2018, he started an organization called immunize.io, with a mission statement of "taking our best shot at immunizing the world". Through "immunize.io" he has worked with numerous organizations and communities to address “vaccine hesitancy” and improve access to vaccinations. He champions community pharmacists as leaders of immunization services, in particular in the area of recommended but "unfunded" vaccines. Ajit is also a clinical instructor for the University of British Columbia Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Program. At UBC he coordinates the elective course for UBC Pharmacy students in the area of travel health and immunizations.
This program is non-accredited. Total learning hours is estimated at 1.0 hours.
The course is free to all practicing pharmacists in the province and is available on the BCPhA eTraining portal. A BCPhA account is required to access the course.
Please Note: A BCPhA account is required to register for this event. If you do not have a login account or if you are unsure if you have a login, please fill out the Account Creation Form and a member of the BCPhA team will contact you. Accounts can be created free of charge with valid College registration.