This week the Biden administration announced that an additional 1 million doses of COVID vaccines will be sent to 6,500 pharmacies across the country to ramp up immunization rates. Due to the Prep Act, pharmacy technicians are now authorized to administer COVID and other critical vaccinations in all 50 states – but only after HHS approved immunization training.
ACA now offers convenient, HHS-approved Vaccine Administration Training for Pharmacy Technicians with a member discount via its online Education Center: acainfo.org/vaccinetech
This training, which was developed by the Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA), is HHS approved and will allow Technicians to vaccinate children under 18 years and the COVID-19 vaccine. This training is also recognized as fulfilling the education requirements for the PTCB Immunization Administration Assessment-Based Certificate Program.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The leaders of 18 pharmacy organizations today issued the following statement following the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the first Emergency Use Authorization for the COVID-19 vaccine.
“We heartily welcome the decision by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to authorize the emergency use of the first COVID-19 vaccine, following the recommendation of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC).
“This is a historic moment in the nation’s effort to end the pandemic. The pharmacy profession is ready to do its part as qualified, active participants in administering these vaccines in accordance with guidance issued by the FDA, CDC, HHS and state and local health departments, as well as increasing access for the American public to these important disease prevention tools.
“We are confident that FDA has taken extraordinary care to ensure that the vaccine is safe and effective. The American people should have great confidence in the vaccine. The vast majority of pharmacists have indicated in recent surveys that they intend to be vaccinated themselves and plan to recommend the vaccine to their patients. More than 360,000 pharmacists, student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians nationwide are trained to administer vaccines.
“Pharmacists are the most accessible health care providers in the nation, with 90% of Americans living within 5 miles of pharmacy. Across the nation they stand ready, in all patient care settings, to administer the vaccine and counsel patients through this critical moment in our nation’s history. As trusted health professionals dedicated to serving the health care needs of our communities, we stand ready to serve.”
Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
American College of Apothecaries
American College of Clinical Pharmacy
American Pharmacists Association
American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists
Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association
National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations
National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
National Association of Chain Drug Stores
National Association of Specialty Pharmacy
National Community Pharmacists Association
National Pharmaceutical Association
Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists
Pharmacy Quality Alliance
VaccineFinder and MedFinder now offer flexible methods for pharmacies to update their vaccine and antiviral drug supply through both automated and manual reporting options.
The VaccineFinder website and platform have been upgraded and participating pharmacies can now update supply estimates for routine adult and child vaccines, and any travel vaccines that they carry.
Having timely and accurate information available in these applications will be especially important this influenza season, and CDC wants to ensure pharmacies are well represented so that people can find them to get their flu vaccine or fill their antiviral drug prescription.
Attached are provider factsheets, which share details on how these systems work and how to enroll. The VaccineFinder team will also host a series of information and training webinars for interested and participating providers (dates below). Pharmacies can register using the links below, and email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
NOTE: Pharmacy entities with multiple practice sites (chains, pharmacy networks, etc) are able to combine data for all their sites into one CSV file and upload onto the Locating Health provider portal. Alternatively, if they have the capability to setup a centralized data feed for reporting, HealthMap’s technical team can work with these sites to automate this process. The attached files include the CSV file template and import documentation that outlines the process in detail. The webinars scheduled in September will also demonstrate these processes and provide the opportunity for Q&A.