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Immunization Toolkit: Law and Initial Licensure

Pennsylvania Law authorizes pharmacists who meet the indicated requirements, the authority to administer injectable medications, biologicals and immunizations to persons who are more than eighteen years of age. (one day after 18th birthday)  Recently added was the authorization to administer the flu only immunization to anyone nine years and older.

 

PA Regulations

Click on the indicated link for the specifics Rules and Regulations:

 

27.401.    Qualifications for authority.
27.402.    Application and renewal procedures.
27.403.    Conditions for administration.
27.404.    Authority and requirements.
27.405.    Recordkeeping.
27.406.    Notification requirements.
27.407.    Education requirements.

Please note that regulations have not been finalized yet for student interns to provide immunizations under the direct supervision of a pharmacist.  These have started through the regulatory process and will be forthcoming.

For more information click here.

 

Requirements/ Qualifications

There are three main areas of qualification for obtaining an immunization license:

1- Hold a current, valid Pennsylvania pharmacist license

2- Complete an approved training program.  For more information on the training program, click here.

3- Hold a current and valid CPR certification in a program approved by the Board. Click here for the list of current approved CPR programs: It is important to note that this CPR certification must always be kept current.

You will also need to show proof of the required professional liability insurance on the form referenced below.

 

Applications

Initial Application:  The application for an immunization license can be found here: Application for Authorization to Administer Injectiable Medications, Biologicals and Immunizations.

 

Insurance Certification:  Authorization to Administer Injectable Medications, Biologicals and Immunizations - Certification of Professional Liability Insurance

 

Reinstatement  The application for a reinstatement of an immunization license can be found here: Authorization to Administer Injectable Medications, Biologicals and Immunizations

 

Maintenance of License

Once a pharmacist has his/her immunization license, he/she will need to renewal it biennially with his/her pharmacist license.  This will include having completed two hours of continuing education training and information on immunizations.  PPA offers many programs both live and webinars which help fulfill these requirements, for current options see either upcoming conference or our webinars, by clicking here.

 

The CPR certification must be current at all times as well as the professional liability insurance.

 

OSHA

Pharmacies offering immunizations need to follow OSHA guidance on Blood Borne pathogens.  Information coming soon.

 

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