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COVID-19 vaccine information for pharmacists

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Australian Government consent form for administration of COVID-19 vaccines

Helps people find out when they can receive a COVID-19 vaccine, book an appointment if eligible or register interest

A joint statement from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) and the Thrombosis and Haemostasis Society of Australia and New Zealand (THANZ) on Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (TTS) and use of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca (23 May 2021)

Resource to help consider potential benefits against risk of harm from COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca. This includes age-specific comparisons of risk of avoided ICU admissions and rare blood clots.

Information about COVID-19 vaccines has been translated into over 60 languages. Help your patients access information in their language.

ATAGI advice for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning pregnancy (June 2021)

Links for specialist information services for every state/territory. These services provide specialised immunisation advice and care to clinicians and families. These services have specialised nursing and medical staff to provide clinical advice on immunisation for patients with complex or unusual medical backgrounds or who have had an adverse event following immunisation.

COVID-19 vaccine regulatory requirements

This table describes the current regulatory requirements for pharmacist-administered COVID-19 vaccines in your jurisdiction. This information is a guide and should not be used as a substitute or replacement for review of regulation and legislative instruments.

All pharmacists vaccinators administering COVID-19 vaccines must complete the relevant modules of the Department of Health’s COVID-19 vaccine training program. Administrative or non-clinical staff can also enrol to access the non-clinical modules, including handling, storage and administration.

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COVID-19 vaccines pharmacist vaccinators authorised to administer
  • A vaccine for COVID-19 included on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods
Minimum patient age
  • AstraZeneca: 18 years (reason: ATAGI clinical guidance)
  • Pfizer: 12 years (reason: ATAGI clinical guidance)
  • Spikevax: 12 years (reason: ATAGI clinical guidance)
Locations pharmacist vaccinators able to administer COVID-19 vaccines
  • Community pharmacy: Yes
  • General Practice: Yes
  • Hospitals: Yes
  • ACCHOs: Yes
  • Other: Yes
Are intern pharmacists permitted to administer vaccines?
  • Yes
Limitations
  • The covid19 (chadox1-s) (AstraZeneca) vaccine must be administered in accordance with ATAGI clinical guidance on the use of COVID-19 vaccine in Australia as it relates to patient age.
Authority expires
  • Nil expiry
Additional requirements
Legislative instruments: pharmacist vaccination
Legislative instrument(s): COVID-19 vaccination
Additional resources
  • Coming soon
Last updated
  • 14 September 2021

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COVID-19 vaccines pharmacist vaccinators authorised to administer
  • Vaxzevria (ChAdOx1-S) COVID-19 vaccine (‘AstraZeneca vaccine’)
  • Comirnaty (BNT162b2 ) COVID-19 vaccine (‘Pfizer vaccine’)
  • Spikevax (elasomeran) COVID-19 vaccine (‘Moderna vaccine’)
Minimum patient age**
  • AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria): 18 years (reason: NSW Pharmacist Vaccination Standards)
  • Pfizer (Comirnaty): 12 years (reason: NSW Pharmacist Vaccination Standards)
  • Moderna (Spikevax): 12 years (reason: NSW Pharmacist Vaccination Standards)
Locations pharmacist vaccinators able to administer COVID-19 vaccines
  • Community pharmacies approved under Schedule 5F of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (NSW)*
  • Residential care facility
  • General Practice clinic*
  • Aboriginal Medical Services*
  • NSW Health facilities**
  • Staff Occupational Health Clinic (clinics held in the workplace to vaccinate staff)

* Must be registered to participate in the COVID-19 vaccination program

** NSW Health directives apply to regulations for pharmacists vaccinating within NSW Health facilities, such as vaccination hubs and hospitals.

Are intern pharmacists permitted to administer vaccines?
  • Yes, an intern pharmacist who holds a certificate confirming competency to vaccinate (including mandatory COVID-19 training) can administer specified vaccines under direct supervision of a pharmacist immuniser who holds certification to vaccinate for the relevant vaccine
Limitations
  • Minimum age limitations contained in vaccination standards – see above.
  • Where a person cannot consent themselves (e.g. a child or an adult under the care of a parent/guardian), the
    pharmacist immuniser must ensure that the consenting person has the authority to consent for the individual.
  • COVID-19 vaccine must not be administered to any individual with a contraindication or precaution to vaccine (per ATAGI, Australian Immunisation Handbook or TGA). These individuals must be referred to their medical practitioner for review. Exception: People on anti-coagulation therapy.
Authority expires
  • Nil expiry
Additional requirements
  • COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine can only be administered after obtaining fully informed consent. Informed consent requires discussion of the risks and benefits of vaccination using the latest information and advice from ATAGI and the TGA.
  • The Australian Immunisation Register must be checked prior to administering a vaccine
  • Written (or other electronic evidence of) consent must be obtained for all COVID-19 vaccines
  • The Australian Government Department of Health COVID-19 vaccination – Consent form for COVID-19 vaccination must be used in obtaining consent.
  • COVID-19 vaccination – Information on COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine must be provided to the patient. The patient must be provided opportunity to discuss risk & benefits.  If the patient has further questions, they must be referred to a medical practitioner
Legislative instruments: pharmacist vaccination
Legislative instrument(s): COVID-19 vaccination
Additional resources
Last updated
  • 10 September 2021

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COVID-19 vaccines pharmacist vaccinators  authorised to administer
  • AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and Pfizer Australia Comirnaty vaccine, per relevant COVID-19 vaccine protocols (CVAPs)
Minimum patient age
  • AstraZeneca: 18 years (reason: CVAP)
  • Pfizer: 12 years (reason: CVAP)
  • Moderna: 18 years (reason: CVAP)
Locations pharmacist vaccinators able to administer COVID-19 vaccines
  • Community pharmacy: Yes
  • General Practice: Yes
  • Hospitals: Yes
  • ACCHOs: Yes
  • Other: Yes
Are intern pharmacists permitted to administer vaccines?
  • No
Limitations Must comply with relevant COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Protocol (CVAP), including:

AstraZeneca CVAP does not allow first dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines to be administered to persons under 60 years age.

Authority expires
  •  Nil expiry
Additional requirements
Legislative instruments: pharmacist vaccination
Legislative instrument(s): COVID-19 vaccination
Additional resources
Last updated
  • 14 September 2021

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COVID-19 vaccines pharmacist vaccinators authorised to administer
  • Any TGA registered COVID-19 vaccine
Minimum patient age
  • Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca): 18 years (reason: Approved PI per communicable diseases DTP)
  • Comirnaty (Pfizer): 12 years (reason: Approved PI per communicable diseases DTP)
  • Spikevax (Moderna): 12 years (reason: Approved PI per communicable diseases DTP)
Locations pharmacist vaccinators able to administer COVID-19 vaccines
  • Community pharmacy: Yes
  • General Practice: Yes
  • Hospitals: Yes
  • ACCHOs: Yes
  • Other: Yes
Are intern pharmacists permitted to administer vaccines?
  • Yes
Limitations
  • Limitations in the product information or as determined by the TGA approval for the vaccines apply
Authority expires
Additional requirements Nil
Legislative instruments: pharmacist vaccination
Legislative instrument(s): COVID-19 vaccination
Additional resources
Last updated
  • 10 September 2021

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COVID-19 vaccines pharmacist vaccinators  authorised to administer
  • Any TGA registered COVID-19 vaccine
Minimum patient age
  • AstraZeneca: 18 years (reason: PI)
  • Pfizer: 12 years (reason: PI)
  • Moderna: 12 years (reason: PI)
Locations pharmacist vaccinators able to administer COVID-19 vaccines
  • Community pharmacy: Yes
  • General Practice: Yes
  • Hospitals: Yes
  • ACCHOs: Yes
  • Other: Yes
Are intern pharmacists permitted to administer vaccines?
  • Yes
Limitations
Authority expires
  • Nil expiry
Additional requirements
Legislative instruments: pharmacist vaccination
Legislative instrument(s): COVID-19 vaccination
Additional resources
Last updated
  • 29 August 2021

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COVID-19 vaccines pharmacist vaccinators authorised to administer
  • Any TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine (State Government Vaccination Clinic only)
  • AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and Moderna’s Spikevax (community pharmacy)
Minimum patient age
  • AstraZeneca (community pharmacy): 60 years (reason: Tasmanian Immunisation Program Guidelines – August 2021)
  • Moderna (community pharmacy): 12 years (reason: Tasmanian Immunisation Program Guidelines – August 2021)
  • AstraZeneca (government hub): 18 years (reason: PI)
  • Pfizer (government clinic): 12 years (reason: PI)
  • Moderna (government clinic): 12 years (reason: PI)
Locations pharmacist vaccinators able to administer COVID-19 vaccines
  • Community pharmacy: Yes
  • General Practice: No
  • Hospitals: No
  • State Government vaccination clinics: Yes
  • ACCHOs: No
  • Other: No
Are intern pharmacists permitted to administer vaccines?
  • Regulation 82 allows for immunisations to be conducted by intern pharmacists (who hold provisional
    registration with AHRPA)
    while under the supervision of an Authorised Pharmacist Immuniser. This
    regulation is designed to support intern pharmacists gain experience in delivering immunisations, during
    their intern year.
    An intern pharmacist cannot apply to become an Authorised Immuniser in Tasmania until they have full  registration as a general pharmacist.
Limitations
  • AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine cannot be administered to people under 60 years age by a pharmacist in a community pharmacy
  • Spikevax (Moderna) can only be administered to those aged between 12 years and 59 years, or those aged 60 years and older who have a precautionary condition, relative contraindication or absolute contraindication to AstraZeneca COVID-19 (Vaxzevria) vaccine who have been referred by a medical practitioner to your pharmacy for vaccination. The referral from a medical practitioner requesting provision of Spikevax (Moderna) to those aged 60 years or older must be retained.
  • There is a separate application process with the Tasmanian Department of Health for expansion of existing premises vaccination scope to include Spikevax or AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in community pharmacies outlined in ‘Community Pharmacy Provision of COVID–19 Vaccine in Tasmania 2021 Guidelines and Application Process’.
  • People with contraindications or precautions to the COVID-19 vaccines excluded
Authority expires
  • N/A
Additional requirements
Legislative instruments: pharmacist vaccination
Legislative instrument(s): COVID-19 vaccination
Additional resources
Last updated
  • 14 September 2021

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COVID-19 vaccines pharmacist vaccinators authorised to administer
  • Any TGA registered COVID-19 vaccine
Minimum patient age
  • AstraZeneca: 18 years (reason: TGA approval)
  • Pfizer: 12 years (reason: TGA approval)
  • Moderna: 12 years (reason: TGA approval)
Locations pharmacist vaccinators able to administer COVID-19 vaccines
  • Community pharmacy: Yes
  • General Practice: Yes
  • Hospitals: Yes
  • ACCHOs: yes, on written order of prescriber
  • Other: Mobile outreach of a hospital, pharmacy or pharmacy depot; premises established my a municipal council, Victorian Government, Government of Australia or agency funded be the Department of Health (Vic)
Are intern pharmacists permitted to administer vaccines?
  • No
Limitations Where pharmacists are administering COVID-19 vaccines in a service listed in 5(b) of the Secretary Approval, a medical practitioner or nurse practitioner must be ‘available to provide advice to the pharmacist on the use of the COVID-19 vaccine if needed’

These services include where pharmacist is employed or contracted by:

  • (i) a medical practitioner; or
  • (ii) a municipal council that employs, contracts or ensures access to a medical practitioner or nurse practitioner; or
  • (iii) a health services permit holder who employs, contracts or ensures access to a medical practitioner or nurse practitioner; or
  • (iv) a health service authorised by the Victorian Government under a Public Health Emergency Order to obtain, possess, use and/or supply the COVID-19 VACCINE that employs, contracts or ensures access to a medical practitioner or nurse practitioner; or
  • (v) an agency funded by the Victorian Government or the Government of Australia that employs, contracts or ensures access to a medical practitioner or nurse practitioner.

Pharmacists cannot administer COVID-19 vaccines to a person where they have contraindications described in the Approved Product Information or Australian Immunisation Handbook for that vaccine.

Authority expires
  • May 2022
Additional requirements Must adhere to:

Legislative instruments: pharmacist vaccination
Legislative instrument(s): COVID-19 vaccination
Additional resources
Last updated
  • 14 September 2021

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COVID-19 vaccines pharmacist vaccinators  authorised to administer
  • TGA registered COVID-19 vaccines
Minimum patient age
  • AstraZeneca: 18 years (reason: National roll-out plan per SASA)
  • Pfizer: 12 years (reason: National roll-out plan per SASA)
  • Moderna: 12 years (reason: National roll-out plan per SASA)
Locations pharmacist vaccinators able to administer COVID-19 vaccines
  • Community pharmacy: Yes
  • General Practice: Yes, on written order of medical prescriber
  • Public hospitals: Yes
  • Vaccination Hubs: Yes
  • ACCHOs: No
Are intern pharmacists permitted to administer vaccines?
  • Yes
Limitations
Authority expires
Additional requirements
  • Adverse events following immunisation must be notified to WAVSS
Legislative instruments: pharmacist vaccination
Legislative instrument(s): COVID-19 vaccination
Additional resources
Last updated
  • 14 September 2021
Accessing your vaccination

Pharmacists and pharmacy staff, like all health care workers, are now eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccine. In addition to primary care providers listed on COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker, all state and territory governments have committed to providing eligible people under the age of 60 years access to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine via jurisdictions. Some jurisdictions are also offering health care workers >60 years their choice of vaccine.

 

The table below contains information on how health-care workers under the age of 60 years can access COVID-19 vaccination with the Pfizer vaccine, as well as describe vaccination sites operated by state health departments which are additional to sites operated by vaccine providers in primary care (general practice, pharmacies and ACCHOs).

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Information about vaccine hubs
Tips
  • Multiple government vaccination clinics are available, including the Garren Surge Centre and Canberra Airport
Information for consumers
  • ACT Health: COVID-19 vaccine
  • Online bookings are preferred for ACT Health’s vaccination centres. Eligible people can contact the ACT Government COVID-19 vaccination booking line on 02 5124 7700 (8am to 7pm daily) if they cannot access the online booking system or do not have a Medicare card.
Last updated
  • 29 August 2021

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Information about vaccine hubs
  • NSW has established a network of public vaccination hubs, including multiple sites at Sydney Olympic Park.
  • Public hospital and health services across NSW also operate public COVID-19 vaccination clinics.
Tips
  • Priority, time-limited vaccination priority populations are regularly announced by the NSW Government. This has included blitzes for aged care workers, essential authorised workers, Year 12 students, construction workers and health professionals.
Information for consumers
Last updated
  • 23 August2021

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Information about vaccine hubs
  • All people over the age of 12 years, including, pharmacists and pharmacy staff, are now eligible and can book an appointment at an NT COVID-19 vaccine clinic.
  • There are NT COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Darwin, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Gove.
Tips
Information for consumers
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  • 29 August 2021

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Information about vaccine hubs
  • Queensland Health operate a number of COVID-19 vaccination hubs across the state.
Tips
  • Appointments are offered after online registration with Queensland Health for vaccination hubs
  • Some walk-up services are available to defined populations.
Information for consumers
Last updated
  • 29 August 2021

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Information about vaccine hubs
  • South Australia have established several large public vaccination clinics, including facilities at Adelaide Showgrounds (Wayville), Noarlunga, Elizabeth and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
Tips
  • The COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker now includes SA Health’s hospital Pfizer Vaccination Clinics, which allows health care workers to make bookings.
  • If members are having difficulty accessing vaccinations, please contact the SA/NT PSA branch for support.
Information for consumers
  • Eligible people can book vaccination appointments via the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker which links to both primary care and state government COVID-19 vaccination providers.
  • South Australia has made Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination available to all people between 16-59 years across the state.
Last updated
  • 29 August 2021

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Information about vaccine hubs
Tips
  • Tasmanian Government vaccine hubs supplying AstraZeneca vaccine are included in the National Booking System and can be viewed via Eligibility Checker
  • More information regarding health care worker access to Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines, where preferred, will be communicated when available. PSA members <60 years who are having difficult accessing Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines should contact the TAS PSA Offices via phone or email for more information.
Information for consumers
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  • 29 August 2021

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Information about vaccine hubs
Tips
Information for consumers
Last updated
  • 23 August 2021

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Information about vaccine hubs
  • WA Health have opened state-run vaccination clinics at the Claremont Showgrounds, Joondalup, Kwinana and Perth Airport.
  • Regional WA hospital-based clinics offer vaccinations in the Goldfields, Great Southern, Kimberley, Mid-West, Pilbara, South-West and Wheatbelt.
Tips
  • The WA Government have opened eligibility for all vaccines at government clinics to all persons aged 16 years and over, as well as persons aged 12-15 years who meet Phase 1a eligibility criteria.
Information for consumers
  • Bookings for appointments in primary care can be made via the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker.
  • Vaccination bookings for state-run clinics are essential and can be made on 13 COVID (13 268 43). People in regional WA can access clinics at their hospitals.
Last updated
  • 23 August 2021
Member enquiries

PSA will continue to provide updates as we receive information. To speak with one of our team, including the member-only Pharmacist-to-Pharmacist advice line, please call PSA on 1300 369 772 or send us an email.