Pharmacist immunisers in NSW can administer a range of state and National Immunisation Program (NIP) funded vaccines.

Please refer to the vaccine eligibility table for which vaccines can be administered to eligible patients.

These vaccines can be ordered from the NSW Vaccine Centre after registering the pharmacy for a Vaccine Account Number (VAN).

Eligibility requirements for access to these NIP vaccines

  • Appropriately-trained pharmacist immunisers are eligible to apply for a State Vaccine Centre account if they meet all the requirements in the  NSW Pharmacist Vaccination Standards and provide all requested information as part of the application process.
  • The pharmacist immuniser must ensure that they have the required knowledge for all vaccines that they intend to administer. 

Applying for a Vaccine Account Number (VAN) from the State Vaccine Centre

Ordering vaccines

  • Once a VAN has been obtained, orders for NIP funded vaccines, specific to the age groups, can be placed through the NSW Vaccine Centre. Allocation and ordering limits will apply.
  • Detailed instructions are available from  how to order vaccines.

Acknowledging receipt and storage of delivery

  • All NIP vaccine deliveries must be receipted through the NSW Vaccine Centre.
  • Further orders will not be possible if the delivery is not receipted.
  • Detailed instructions are available on receiving a vaccine delivery.
  • All NIP and state funded vaccines must be stored separately from privately purchased vaccines and clearly labelled to ensure they are only used for patients in the eligible cohorts.

Reporting to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR)

  • Pharmacist immunisers must check each individual’s vaccination history on the AIR before administering any vaccines.
  • Pharmacist immunisers must report all vaccines administered to the AIR, preferably within 24 hours of administration but must be within 10 business days.
  • information is available on registering for access to the AIR.

Cold chain

  • All vaccines must be stored between +2° and +8°C according to the National Vaccine Storage Guidelines ‘Strive for 5’. For any cold chain breaches involving NIP or state funded vaccines, contact your local Public Health Unit (PHU) on 1300 066 055, to discuss the viability of the impacted NIP or state funded vaccines. These vaccines must be separated and noted 'Not for use', until further advice is received from the PHU.
Current as at: Monday 11 December 2023
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