APhA Seeks Comments on Guidelines for Pharmacy-based Immunization Advocacy and Administration

In 1996, the APhA House of Delegates adopted policy encouraging pharmacists to take an active role to increase the rate of immunizations among vulnerable patient populations. This role could be fulfilled by pharmacists becoming educators, facilitators, or immunizers of the public.

Since that time, APhA has invested many resources in the development of education, advocacy, practice support, and scientific programs related to the role of pharmacists in immunizations. These activities have assisted the profession to develop collaborative relationships with other health professionals and to highlight the pharmacist’s position within the health care system.

In response to a call by pharmacists and other entities for assistance in developing these expanded roles, a set of draft guidelines were developed and adopted in 1997. The guidelines are a dynamic document and are periodically reviewed as the health care arena changes.

The guidelines were reviewed in 2012. The APhA–APPM Immunizing Pharmacists Special Interest Group was asked to review and revise the guidelines in 2018. The draft Guidelines have been released for public comment. 

The deadline for submitting comments is January 7, 2019.