The NSW Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008 (clause 48A) authorises appropriately trained pharmacists in NSW to administer the following vaccines to eligible patients.
12 to 19 years NIP funded
Pregnant women NIP funded
20 years and over private funded
5 years and over private funded
State funded for post exposure
5 years and over NIP at-risk eligibility
5 years and over
Commonwealth, State and Private.
Note: this vaccine is funded by the Commonwealth separate to the NIP
14 to 19 years NIP
5 to 19 years NIP funded
A registered pharmacist immuniser initiating and administering vaccines under his/her own authority must comply with the three components of clause 48A of the
NSW Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008 which prescribes rules for:
The pharmacist immuniser must complete a training course that complies
with the Australian Pharmacy Council 'Standards for the Accreditation of Programs to Support Pharmacist Administration of Vaccines' (current version).
The training course must be conducted by an Australian Pharmacy Council accredited pharmacy education program provider. The pharmacist immuniser must hold a certificate confirming competency to vaccinate following completion of an accredited training program for all authorised vaccines that they intend to administer.
The pharmacist immuniser must hold a cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate issued within the last 12 months. If the pharmacist is administering vaccines to people aged less than 14 years of age, the CPR certificate must include paediatric CPR training.
To maintain authority to immunise, the pharmacist immuniser must annually review best practice policy for immunisation and ensure their competence for each vaccine they administer. This maybe, but is not limited to, attendance at seminars on current practices, or formal immunisation update courses.
An intern pharmacist who holds a certificate confirming competency to vaccinate following completion of an accredited training program for all vaccines they intend to administer, is only able to administer specified vaccines under the direct supervision of a pharmacist immuniser who holds certification to vaccinate for the relevant vaccine.
For the purpose of supply and administration of any COVID-19 vaccine, a pharmacist immuniser, in addition to the above requirements, must also successfully complete:
The pharmacist immuniser must review all relevant training modules when notification of updates are received.
For the purposes of supply and administration of any Japanese encephalitis vaccine, a pharmacist immuniser, in addition to the above requirements, must also successfully complete the Japanese encephalitis - A learning resource for immunisation providers hosted by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia or the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.
Additional information on the COVID-19 vaccination program for pharmacist immunisers is available on COVID-19 vaccination: information for community pharmacists.
For further information contact the Duty Pharmaceutical Officer at the Pharmaceutical Regulatory Unit, NSW Ministry of Health by telephone on (02) 9391 9944 or email MOH-PharmaceuticalServices@health.nsw.gov.au.