Immunisation - Pharmacists

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COVID-19 vaccines in an expanded range of locations

The NSW Pharmacist Vaccination Standards have been amended.

These recent changes allow pharmacist immunisers to administer any of the available COVID-19 vaccines in an expanded range of locations (section 2.2). These additional locations include Local Council Clinics and premises where services are provided to vulnerable people such as homeless people, people with a disability, Culturally And Linguistically Diverse (CALD) populations and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

 

Pharmacists administering COVID vaccine boosters in RACF

From 8 November 2021 until 30 June 2022, community pharmacies can claim two types of vaccination incentive payments as follows:

  • A Site Visit payment (flag fall) of $57.25 for pharmacies who visit vulnerable patients and workers to administer COVID-19 vaccinations.
  • A Residential Care Incentive payment to vaccinate workers and residents at residential aged care and residential disability care facilities. Pharmacies that provide a vaccination to 50 eligible workers (across any number of facilities) will receive a $1,000 payment

 

Which vaccines can pharmacists administer?

 

COVID-19 vaccination
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Mandatory reporting to the AIR - Australian Immunisation Register 

Mandatory reporting to the Australian Immunisation Register has been passed through the Australian Parliament in Feb 2020. See the Australian Immunisation Register Amendment (Reporting) Bill 2020.

When does this come into effect?

  • COVID-19 vaccines, once approved for use and administered in Australia must be reported to the AIR
  • Influenza vaccinations must be reported to the AIR from 1 March 2021
  • All other NIP vaccinations must be reported from 1 July 2021

AIR reporting - Guidelines for pharmacists

  • MedAdvisor - How to record immunisations and upload to AIR
  • GuildNG - How to submit vaccination records to the AIR

Penalties for failing to report 

Failing to report to the AIR will result in civil penalty of "30 penalty units", which equates to a fine of $6,660 according to the Crimes Act 1914. See Fines for Commonwealth offences

Immunisation Standards and Guidelines
Application Forms
Relevant Information
How to become a pharmacist immuniser: Accredited programs