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Pharmacist administered vaccinations

PSA has prepared this information to support pharmacists using the best and most up-to-date information available.

PSA members can contact the Pharmacist-to-Pharmacist Advice Line for practice guidance and support, including navigating regulatory queries and concerns on 1300 369 772 (business hours AEDT)

 

Vaccine administration should be in accordance with the relevant legislation and the Australian Immunisation Handbook.

 

Community pharmacies may be eligible to receive a payment for administering National Immunisation Program (NIP) Vaccines. For information about this program, see National Immunisation Program Vaccinations in Pharmacy (NIPVIP) Program.

 

This information is a guide and should not be used as a substitute or replacement for review of regulation and legislative instruments.

Vaccine preventable diseases Age restrictions and other conditions specific to the vaccine
Cholera Not permitted
COVID-19

5 years and over

In accordance with Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommendations

Diphtheria 5 years and over
Haemophilus influenzae type b 5 years and over
Hepatitis A 5 years and over
Hepatitis B 5 years and over
Herpes zoster

50 years and over

Shingrix recombinant vaccine brand only

Human Papillomavirus 10 years and over
Influenza 5 years and over
Japanese encephalitis Not permitted
Measles
Mumps
Rubella
5 years and over
Meningococcal (ACWY)

5 years and over

(quadrivalent) conjugate vaccine

Meningococcal C 5 years and over
Meningococcal B 5 years and over
Mpox Not permitted
Pertussis 5 years and over
Pneumococcal Not permitted
Poliomyelitis 5 years and over
Q Fever Not permitted
Rabies and other lyssaviruses Not permitted
Respiratory syncytial virus Not permitted
Rotavirus Not permitted
Tetanus 5 years and over
Tuberculosis Not permitted
Typhoid 5 years and over
Varicella (chickenpox) 5 years and over
Yellow Fever Not permitted

Note: All vaccination recommendations for individuals, schedules and administration processes, including combination vaccines, must be in accordance with the current digital edition of the Australian Immunisation Handbook.

 

Authority to vaccinate 

ACT Pharmacist Vaccination Standard 

 

 

Funding considerations and ordering government-funded vaccines

1. Covid vaccination funding is available see: COVID-19 Vaccination in Community Pharmacy (CVCP) Program.

2. Community pharmacies may be eligible to receive a payment for administering National Immunisation Program (NIP) Vaccines. For information about this program, see National Immunisation Program Vaccinations in Pharmacy (NIPVIP) Program.

3. Community pharmacies may be able to order free stock of NIP vaccines. Refer to ACT Health for information about ordering vaccines.

4. State funded Hepatitis B vaccines are available for ACT residents who meet certain criteria.

5. State-funded MMR vaccines are available for unvaccinated people born in 1966 and onwards.

 

Last reviewed: 23/01/2024 

Vaccine preventable diseases Age restrictions and other conditions specific to the vaccine
Cholera Not permitted
COVID-19

5 years and over

In accordance with the Australian Immunisation Handbook.

Diphtheria toxoid

5 years and over

May be administered in combination e g., ADT, dTpa, DTPa

Haemophilus influenzae type b 5 years and over
Hepatitis A

5 years and over

May be administered in combination with other antigens

Hepatitis B

5 years and over

May be administered in combination with other antigens

Herpes zoster

18 years and over

Shingrix vaccine brand only

Human Papillomavirus 9 years and over
Influenza 5 years and over
Japanese encephalitis

5 years and over

Mandatory completion of the additional training module: Japanese encephalitis – A learning resource for immunisation providers hosted by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia or the Pharmacy Guild of Australia

Measles
Mumps
Rubella

5 years and over

May be administered in combination with other antigens

Meningococcal (ACWY)

5 years and over

MenACWY (quadrivalent) conjugate vaccine

Meningococcal B 5 years and over
Meningococcal C

5 years and over

MenC – monovalent meningococcal serogroup C – tetanus toxoid conjugate

Mpox Not permitted
Pertussis

5 years and over

May be administered in combination e g., ADT, dTpa, DTPa

Pneumococcal

Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine only

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and over and non-Aboriginal people aged 70 years and over

Poliomyelitis

5 years and over

May be administered in combination with other antigens

Q Fever Not permitted
Rabies and other lyssaviruses Not permitted
Respiratory syncytial virus 60 years and over
Rotavirus Not permitted
Tetanus

5 years and over

May be administered in combination e g., ADT, dTpa, DTPa

Tuberculosis Not permitted
Typhoid

5 years and over

Intramuscular injection (IMI) formulation only

May be administered in combination with other antigens

Varicella (chickenpox)

5 years and over

May be administered in combination with other antigens

Yellow Fever Not permitted

Authority to vaccinate

NSW Pharmacist Vaccination Standards

 

 

Funding considerations and ordering government-funded vaccines

1.    Covid vaccination funding is available see: COVID-19 Vaccination in Community Pharmacy (CVCP) Program.

2.    Community pharmacies may be eligible to receive a payment for administering National Immunisation Program (NIP) Vaccines. For information about this program, see National Immunisation Program Vaccinations in Pharmacy (NIPVIP) Program.

3.    Community pharmacies may be able to order free stock of NIP vaccines. Refer to Guidance for Pharmacist Immunisers – Access to pharmacist approved NIP vaccines for information about ordering vaccines.

4.    State funded Hepatitis A vaccines are available for NSW residents who post exposure management.

5.    State funded Hepatitis B vaccines are available for some NSW residents including:

  • Aboriginal people
  • household and sexual contacts of acute and chronic hepatitis B cases
  • men who have sex with men
  • injecting drug users
  • sex workers

6.    State funded MMR vaccines are available for NSW residents born during or after 1966 and rubella seronegative post-natal women.

7.    State funded Japanese encephalitis vaccines are available for NSW residents who meet the specified criteria.

 

Last reviewed: 23/01/2024
Vaccine preventable diseases Age restrictions and other conditions specific to the vaccine
Cholera Not permitted
COVID-19 5 years and over
Diphtheria

5 years and over

Diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis combination vaccine only

Haemophilus influenzae type b 5 years and over in line with NT Immunisation Schedule
Hepatitis A 5 years and over in line with NT Immunisation Schedule
Hepatitis B 5 years and over in line with NT Immunisation Schedule
Herpes zoster 5 years and over in line with NT Immunisation Schedule
Human Papillomavirus 5 years and over in line with NT Immunisation Schedule
Influenza 5 years and over
Japanese encephalitis All ages as appropriate
Measles
Mumps
Rubella

5 years and over

Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) combination vaccine only

Meningococcal (ACWY) 5 years and over in line with NT Immunisation Schedule
Meningococcal B 5 years and over in line with NT Immunisation Schedule
Mpox 18 years and over
Pertussis

5 years and over

diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis combination vaccine only

Pneumococcal 5 years and over in line with NT Immunisation Schedule
Poliomyelitis 5 years and over in line with NT Immunisation Schedule
Q Fever Not permitted
Rabies and other lyssaviruses Not permitted
Respiratory syncytial virus Not permitted
Rotavirus Not permitted
Tetanus

5 years and over

Diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis combination vaccine only

Tuberculosis Not permitted
Typhoid Not permitted
Varicella 5 years and over in line with NT Immunisation Schedule
Yellow Fever Not permitted

Authority to vaccinate 

Pharmacist Vaccination Scheduled Substance Treatment Protocol

MPox SSTP

JE SSTP

 

Funding considerations and ordering government-funded vaccines

1. Covid vaccination funding is available see: COVID-19 Vaccination in Community Pharmacy (CVCP) Program.

2. Community pharmacies may be eligible to receive a payment for administering National Immunisation Program (NIP) Vaccines. For information about this program, see National Immunisation Program Vaccinations in Pharmacy (NIPVIP) Program.

3. Community pharmacies are able to order free stock of NIP vaccines. Contact NT CDC for more information at TEHS@nt.gov.au.

4. Some NT residents may be eligible for a free Japanese Encephalitis vaccine. Information about this program is available here.

 

Last reviewed: 23/01/2024 

Vaccine preventable diseases Age restrictions and other conditions specific to the vaccine
Cholera 2 years and over
COVID-19 Nil restrictions
Diphtheria 2 years and over
Haemophilus influenzae type b 2 years and over
Hepatitis A 2 years and over
Hepatitis B 2 years and over
Herpes zoster 2 years and over
Human Papillomavirus 2 years and over
Influenza Nil restrictions
Japanese encephalitis 2 years and over
Measles
Mumps
Rubella
2 years and over
Meningococcal (ACWY) 2 years and over
Meningococcal B 2 years and over
Mpox Not permitted
Pertussis 2 years and over
Pneumococcal 2 years and over
Poliomyelitis 2 years and over
Q Fever Not permitted
Rabies and other lyssaviruses Not permitted
Respiratory syncytial virus Nil restrictions
Rotavirus Not permitted
Tetanus 2 years and over
Tuberculosis Not permitted
Typhoid 2 years and over
Varicella 2 years and over
Yellow Fever Not permitted

Authority to vaccinate

Extended practice authority ‘Pharmacists’

 

 

Funding considerations and ordering government-funded vaccines

1.       Covid vaccination funding is available see: COVID-19 Vaccination in Community Pharmacy (CVCP) Program.

2.       Community pharmacies may be eligible to receive a payment for administering National Immunisation Program (NIP) Vaccines. For information about this program, see National Immunisation Program Vaccinations in Pharmacy (NIPVIP) Program.

3.       Community pharmacies may be able to order free stock of NIP vaccines. For information about ordering NIP vaccines see QLD Health Immunisation website.

4.       Meningococcal B State funded program to commence in early 2024 – details TBC.

5.       Queensland residents may be eligible for a free influenza vaccine. For information about this program see QLD Health 2024 Free Flu Vaccination Program.

 

Last reviewed: 01/05/2024
Vaccine preventable diseases Age restrictions and other conditions specific to the vaccine
Cholera Not permitted
COVID-19

5 years and over

Must complete additional training*

Diphtheria 5 years and over
Haemophilus influenzae type b 5 years and over
Hepatitis A 5 years and over
Hepatitis B 5 years and over
Zoster (herpes zoster) 5 years and over
Human Papillomavirus 5 years and over
Influenza 5 years and over
Japanese encephalitis As approved by SA Health – JEV program operates only in specified community pharmacies and general practices. 
Measles
Mumps
Rubella
5 years and over
Meningococcal ACWY 5 years and over
Meningococcal B 5 years and over
Meningococcal C 5 years and over
Mpox Not permitted
Pertussis 5 years and over
Pneumococcal 5 years and over
Poliovirus 5 years and over
Q Fever Not permitted
Rabies and other lyssaviruses Not permitted
Respiratory syncytial virus Not permitted
Rotavirus 5 years and over
Tetanus 5 years and over
Tuberculosis Not permitted
Typhoid Not permitted
Varicella (chickenpox) 5 years and over
Yellow Fever Not permitted

* Pharmacists must have completed the Australian College of Nursing training (this was decommissioned 30 September 2023). Any new health practitioner undertaking the COVID-19 Vaccination Program from 1 October 2023 must complete this program as an approved program of study if they are working under the authority of the Vaccine Administration Code.

 

Authority to vaccinate

The Controlled Substances (Poisons) Regulation 2011, sub regulation 18(3) provides authorisation for a registered health practitioner determined by the Minister, to administer vaccine without a medical order. The authorisation is conditional to the administration being in accordance with the Vaccine Administration Code (last updated December 2023).

 

 

Funding considerations and ordering government-funded vaccines

1.    Covid vaccination funding is available see: COVID-19 Vaccination in Community Pharmacy (CVCP) Program.

2.    Community pharmacies may be eligible to receive a payment for administering National Immunisation Program (NIP) Vaccines. For information about this program, see National Immunisation Program Vaccinations in Pharmacy (NIPVIP) Program.

3.    Community pharmacies may be able to order free stock of NIP vaccines. For information about ordering NIP vaccines, see SA Health Immunisation website.

4.    State funded Japanese Encephalitis vaccines are available for SA residents who meet the specified criteria.

 

Last reviewed: 02/02/2024
Vaccine preventable diseases Age restrictions and other conditions specific to the vaccine
Cholera Not permitted
COVID-19

5 years and over

For 5 to 10 years and over old: pharmacist must have additional paediatric authorisation with the Tasmanian Dept of Health

Diphtheria

10 years and over

diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis (dTpa) combination vaccine only

Haemophilus influenzae type b Not permitted
Hepatitis A

10 years and over

Vaccination for those recommended, but not funded, to receive Hepatitis A vaccination unrelated to travel

Hepatitis B

10 years and over

Excludes vaccination for travel (including to endemic regions) and vaccination for post-exposure prophylaxis

Herpes Zoster

18 years and over

Shingrix® only

Human Papillomavirus

10 years and over

Catch-up vaccination limited to persons requiring a single dose only

Influenza

5 years and over

For 5 to 10 years and over old: pharmacist must have additional paediatric authorisation with the Tasmanian Dept of Health

Japanese encephalitis Not permitted*

Measles

Mumps

Rubella

10 years and over

Vaccination for catch-up funded under the NIP, including combination products (e.g., measles , mumps, rubella and varicella)

Meningococcal (ACWY)

10 years and over

Vaccination of individuals funded under the NIP and people recommended (not funded) for MenACWY vaccination

Meningococcal B

10 years and over

Vaccination for those recommended to receive a Meningococcal B vaccination unrelated to travel, not funded under the NIP

Mpox Not permitted
Pertussis

10 years and over

diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis (dTpa) combination vaccine only

Pneumococcal

10 years and over

Refer to the Pneumococcal Vaccination Schedule decision tree when considering vaccination

Poliomyelitis

10 years and over

Including in combination products with other antigens

Q Fever Not permitted
Rabies and other lyssaviruses Not permitted*
Respiratory syncytial virus Not permitted*
Rotavirus Not permitted
Tetanus

16 years and over

diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis (dTpa) combination vaccine only

Excludes vaccination for tetanus prophylaxis related to wound management

Tuberculosis Not permitted
Typhoid Not permitted*
Varicella (chickenpox)

10 years and over

Including in combination products with other antigens

Yellow Fever Not permitted

*Authorised Pharmacist Immunisers may administer the following vaccines to an individual aged 10 years and over if the vaccine was prescribed by a medical or nurse practitioner on or after 6 March 2023 and remains valid (within 12 months of prescribing):

  • Japanese encephalitis
  • Rabies
  • Typhoid
  • Respiratory syncytial virus

Authority to vaccinate

Tasmanian Immunisation Program Guidelines

 

 

Funding considerations and ordering government-funded vaccines

1.    Covid vaccination funding is available see: COVID-19 Vaccination in Community Pharmacy (CVCP) Program.

2.    Community pharmacies may be eligible to receive a payment for administering National Immunisation Program (NIP) Vaccines. For information about this program, see National Immunisation Program Vaccinations in Pharmacy (NIPVIP) Program.

3.    Community pharmacies may be able to order free stock of NIP vaccines. Refer to Tasmanian Department of Health – Immunisation Providers for information about ordering vaccines.

4.    State funded Hepatitis B vaccines are available for people who are at increased risk of acquiring hepatitis B virus.

5.    State funded MMR vaccines are available for unvaccinated (no evidence of vaccination) or seronegative people born during or after 1966 (based on serology).

 

Last reviewed: 27/03/2024
Vaccine preventable diseases Age restrictions and other conditions specific to the vaccine
Cholera Not permitted
COVID-19 All ages as appropriate

Diphtheria

 

12 years and over

Excludes vaccination of people that are contacts in the event of a case of diphtheria, unless directed by the Victorian Department of Health

Excludes vaccination with diphtheria antitoxin

Excludes travel purposes unless pharmacist/pharmacy is participating in the Victorian Community Pharmacist Statewide Pilot

Haemophilus influenzae type b Not permitted
Hepatitis A

5 years and over

Excludes vaccination of contacts in the case of hepatitis A, unless directed by the Victorian Department of Health

Excludes vaccination of people following acute exposure to potentially infected blood or body fluids
Excludes immunisation with immunoglobulin

Only under the Victorian Community Pharmacist Statewide Pilot

Hepatitis B

5 years and over

Excludes vaccination of people following acute exposure to potentially infected blood or body fluids

Excludes immunisation with immunoglobulin

Only under the Victorian Community Pharmacist Statewide Pilot

Herpes zoster

50 years and over

Excludes immunisation with immunoglobulin

Excludes travel purposes unless pharmacist/pharmacy is participating in the Victorian Community Pharmacist Statewide Pilot

Human Papillomavirus

12 years and over

Excludes travel purposes unless pharmacist/pharmacy is participating in the Victorian Community Pharmacist Statewide Pilot

Influenza

5 years and over

Excludes travel purposes unless pharmacist/pharmacy is participating in the Victorian Community Pharmacist Statewide Pilot

Japanese encephalitis

5 years and over

Excludes travel purposes

Mandatory completion of the additional training module: Japanese
encephalitis eLearning module 

Only for people recommended for vaccination as listed on the Victorian Department of Health’s Japanese encephalitis in Victoria website

Measles
Mumps
Rubella

15 years and over

Excludes vaccination of contacts in the event of a case of measles, mumps, rubella unless directed by the Victorian Department of Health

Excludes immunisation with immunoglobulin

Excludes travel purposes unless pharmacist/pharmacy is participating in the Victorian Community Pharmacist Statewide Pilot

Meningococcal (ACWY)

15 years and over

Excludes vaccination of contacts in the event of a case of meningococcal disease unless directed by the Victorian Department of Health

Excludes travel purposes unless pharmacist/pharmacy is participating in the Victorian Community Pharmacist Statewide Pilot

Meningococcal B Not permitted
Mpox

5 years and over recommended for vaccination as listed on the Department of Health’s Monkeypox webpage

Mandatory completion of the additional training module: Monkeypox
vaccination eLearning module 

Excludes vaccination for travel purposes other than those people recommended for vaccination as listed on the Department of Health’s Monkeypox webpage

Pertussis

12 years and over

Excludes vaccination of people that are contacts in the event of a case of pertussis, unless directed by the Victorian Department of Health

Excludes travel purposes unless pharmacist/pharmacy is participating in the Victorian Community Pharmacist Statewide Pilot

Pneumococcal

50 years and over

Excludes travel purposes unless pharmacist/pharmacy is participating in the Victorian Community Pharmacist Statewide Pilot

Poliomyelitis

5 years and over

Only under the Victorian Community Pharmacist Statewide Pilot

Q Fever Not permitted
Rabies and other lyssaviruses Not permitted
Respiratory syncytial virus

5 years and over recommended for immunisation as listed on the Department of Health’s Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) webpage.

Excludes travel purposes other than those people recommended for immunisation as listed on the Department of Health’s Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) immunisation webpage.

Rotavirus Not permitted
Tetanus

12 years and over

Excludes travel purposes unless pharmacist/pharmacy is participating in the Victorian Community Pharmacist Statewide Pilot

Excludes vaccination for the express purpose of post-exposure prophylaxis in people with a tetanus-prone wound

Excludes travel purposes unless pharmacist/pharmacy is participating in the Victorian Community Pharmacist Statewide Pilot

Tuberculosis Not permitted
Typhoid

5 years and over

Only under the Victorian Community Pharmacist Statewide Pilot

Varicella (chickenpox)

50 years and over

Excludes travel purposes unless pharmacist/pharmacy is participating in the Victorian Community Pharmacist Statewide Pilot

Yellow Fever Not permitted

Authority to vaccinate

Medicines and poisons – Secretary approval S148 27 March 2024

Medicines and poisons – Secretary approval (Pilot) S528 5 October 2023

Medicines and poisons – Secretary approval (COVID-19) S530 5 October 2023

 

 

Funding considerations and ordering government-funded vaccines

1.    Covid vaccination funding is available see: COVID-19 Vaccination in Community Pharmacy (CVCP) Program.

2.    Community pharmacies may be eligible to receive a payment for administering National Immunisation Program (NIP) Vaccines. For information about this program, see National Immunisation Program Vaccinations in Pharmacy (NIPVIP) Program.

3.    Community pharmacies may be able to order free stock of NIP vaccines. Refer to Ordering vaccines for information.

4.    State funded Hepatitis B vaccines are available for people at risk of hepatitis B infection.

5.    State funded MMR vaccines are available for all adults born during or since 1966 and aged from 20 years and over without evidence of two documented doses of valid MMR vaccine or without serological evidence of immunity.

6.    State funded vaccines for Japanese encephalitis are available for some Victorian residents.

7.    State funded vaccines for mpox (monkeypox) are available for some Victorian residents.

 

Last reviewed: 11/04/2024
Vaccine preventable diseases Age restrictions and other conditions specific to the vaccine
Cholera Not permitted
COVID-19 5 years and over
Diphtheria 5 years and over
Haemophilus influenzae type b Not permitted
Hepatitis A Not permitted
Hepatitis B 5 years and over
Herpes zoster 5 years and over
Human Papillomavirus 5 years and over
Influenza 5 years and over
Japanese encephalitis Not permitted
Measles
Mumps
Rubella
5 years and over
Meningococcal (ACWY) 5 years and over
Meningococcal B 5 years and over
MPox Not permitted
Pertussis 5 years and over
Pneumococcal 5 years and over
Poliomyelitis 5 years and over
Q Fever Not permitted
Rabies and other lyssaviruses Not permitted
Respiratory syncytial virus Not permitted
Rotavirus Not permitted
Tetanus 5 years and over
Tuberculosis Not permitted
Typhoid Not permitted
Varicella (chickenpox) 5 years and over
Yellow Fever Not permitted

Authority to vaccinate

Pharmacists – Administration of vaccines by pharmacists

Pharmacists – COVID-19 vaccination

Pharmacists (WA Health) – COVID-19 vaccination 

 

Funding considerations and ordering government-funded vaccines

1. Covid vaccination funding is available: COVID-19 Vaccination in Community Pharmacy (CVCP) Program.

2. Community pharmacies may be eligible to receive a payment for administering National Immunisation Program (NIP) Vaccines. For information about this program, see National Immunisation Program Vaccinations in Pharmacy (NIPVIP) Program.

3. Community pharmacies are able to order free stock of NIP vaccines. Refer to Immunisation provider information and resources for information about ordering vaccines.

Last reviewed: 23/01/2024