The NSW Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008 (clause 48A) authorises appropriately trained pharmacists in NSW to administer privately funded influenza vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (dTpa) and measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine to selected patients. More information is available on the NSW pharmacist vaccination program web page.
A registered pharmacist initiating and administering vaccines under his/her own authority in a NSW retail pharmacy must comply with the following three components of clause 48A of the NSW Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008 which prescribes rules for:
- completing an accredited vaccination training course
- conducting vaccinations under the NSW Pharamcist Vaccinations Standards
- recording each vaccination.
This provision applies to a pharmacist who holds general registration or provisional registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia. A pharmacist with provisional registration who has completed an accredited vaccination training course may initiate and administer vaccines only when under the supervision of a pharmacist who holds general registration, has completed an accredited vaccination training course and has determined the vaccination is appropriate for the particular person.