Pharmacists have been vaccinating in the NT since 2015. On 29 May 2020 the NT Chief Health Officer approved two new protocols for pharmacist vaccinations.
- The age criteria for influenza vaccine has changed allowing people 10 years and over to be vaccinated by a pharmacist.
- Pharmacists must complete a further training unit to vaccinate children if not covered in initial training.
All other approved vaccinations remain unchanged at 16 years and over.
Pharmacists adhering to the protocol may administer:
- Influenza Vaccine - 10 years and over
- Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR Vaccine) – 16 years and over
- Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis Vaccine – 16 years and over
Pharmacists vaccinating at pharmacy premises
- Administration of Vaccines by Pharmacists at Pharmacies NT Protocol
- Pharmacist Administered Vaccines in Pharmacies NT Fact Sheet
Please note that premises must comply with Pharmacy Premises Standard PS5.
PS5 is mandated and pharmacy owners must have the immunisation room inspected prior to commencing a new immunisation service. There is no need to have your immunisation room reinspected if it has been previously approved.
Pharmacists vaccinating outside pharmacy premises
Pharmacists must adhere to the following protocol which is equivalent to those for nurse vaccinators providing immunisation programs:
- Administration of Vaccines by Pharmacists at places other than Pharmacies in the Northern Territory Protocol
- Pharmacist Administered Vaccines in Non-Pharmacy Settings NT Fact Sheet
If you are a pharmacy owner, manager of a pharmacy or pharmacist and you are interested in providing an immunisation service please contact:
The Registrar, Pharmacy Premises Committee
Medicines and Poisons
Last updated: 02 February 2022
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