Vaccines in Pharmacies

Vaccine Administration Guidance Documents for Pharmacists

Flu Vaccines

Current State: Influenza Vaccines

Coordinated launch date: to allow pharmacies more time to prepare as well ensure that a sufficient amount of influenza vaccine arrives into pharmacies to meet demands, a coordinated start date for pharmacies has been agreed to by public health. This date is expected to be mid-October (exact date to be confirmed the week of Sept. 13), with public health clinics starting around the same time. Pharmacies can not administer flu vaccine until this date other than those providing immunization services to LTC and Assisted Living Facilities (see below).Pharmacies found to start before this date may not be provided with additional flu vaccines for the flu campaign.

COVID-19 Vaccines

Current State: AstraZeneca

The B.C. Ministry of Health has provided updated guidance that pharmacists may administer AstraZeneca vaccine as a 1st dose in two circumstances, since a documented referral is no longer mandatory:

  • To individuals with a contraindication to the mRNA vaccines
  • To individuals who refuse mRNA vaccines but without contraindication, who indicate that they will only be vaccinated against COVID-19 with AstraZeneca vaccine

Current State: Moderna

On Aug. 27, 2021, Health Canada approved Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 12 years of age and older. See Summary of NACI statement: Recommendation on the use of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines in adolescents 12 to 17 years of age.

Priority group: Moderna is indicated in adults 12 years of age and older. Pharmacies can provide a complete series of the vaccine (dose 1 and/or dose 2).

BCCDC has created a Healthcare Provider Q&A document which includes general and evolving information about COVID-19 vaccines in B.C. It can be found on the COVID-19 vaccination toolkit for health professionals webpage.

Current State: Pfizer

Priority group: Pfizer is indicated in individuals 12 years of age and older. Pharmacies can provide a complete series of the vaccine (dose 1 and/or dose 2).

Age is based on year of birth (i.e., the vaccine may be offered to individuals who will be turning 12 years of age within the current calendar year), per Provincial Health Officer recommendations.

ImmsBC System

ImmsBC is the provincial central booking and inventory system for COVID-19 vaccines. Pharmacies involved in the Pfizer pilot program must be registered with the ImmsBC system. This program evaluates the potential expanded use of ImmsBC system in pharmacies to support the provincial Dose 3 program. Click here to access the instructions and training content for the ImmsBC system.