Pharmacists are worldwide vaccination leaders

World Immunization Week 2018, an initiative led by the World Health Organization (WHO), is an opportunity to spread the word about how pharmacists can help save millions of lives as immunizers and educators.

World Immunization Week 2018, an initiative led by the World Health Organization (WHO), is an opportunity to spread the word about how pharmacists can help save millions of lives as immunizers and educators. "Pharmacists in the United States have established themselves as valuable members of the immunization neighborhood," says Dominique Jordan, a pharmacist in Switzerland who serves as chair of the International Pharmaceutical Federation's Board of Pharmaceutical Practice. "Moreover, pharmacists across the world are following their lead." World Immunization Week aims to drive immunization coverage by spotlighting the roles governments, public health organizations, health care providers, caregivers, and advocates can have in advancing these efforts. "Pharmacists around the world are ensuring that vaccines reach people. Most countries have still not reached optimal vaccination coverage in several important diseases," says Jordan. "If pharmacists were authorized to administer vaccines since we are the most accessible health care professional and ideally positioned to reach people who do not often visit their physician, the gains could be huge." Pharmacists participating in World Immunization Week, which runs from April 24 to April 30, can use the #vaccineswork hashtag on their social media posts.