Pharmacists can now administer COVID-19 vaccines after training

ILOILO CITY–With the rising cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) now at alarming and unprecedented levels of late, the country certainly needs all the help it can get to administer vaccines to the general populace, especially now that the jabs are already trickling in but there aren’t enough medical practitioners to administer them.

Enter the Philippine Pharmacists Association (PPhA), who recently announced that pharmacists can now administer COVID-19 vaccines, as well as other vaccines, for the elderly through their Immunization Pharmacists Certification Program (IPCP).

In a recent statement, the PPhA said it has already been accredited by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Professional Regulatory Board of Pharmacy (PRBP) to train and certify Filipino pharmacists to administer vaccines, more specifically COVID-19 vaccines.

After completing training, certified pharmacists can already administer vaccines at the vaccination sites of the Department of Health all over the country.

It cited as basis Section 4, Article 1 of the Philippine Pharmacy Act that states pharmacists can dispense vaccines approved by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) to the elderly following the completion of short training.

A certificate of training issued by an institution accredited by the PRC also needs to be presented for pharmacists to be tapped for the vaccination program.

DOH Undersecretary Dr. Ma. Rosario Singh-Vergeire welcomed the PPhA’s initiative, saying that the demand for human resources for health is at its highest now that COVID-19 cases are again on the uptick.

“We thank the Philippine Pharmacists Association for their initiative and assistance during these challenging times,” Vergeire said.

“As a long-time partner of the Department of Health in advocating for better health outcomes, we look forward to the accreditation of the PPhA as a training provider for pharmacists. These collaborations with professional societies are instrumental to bringing an end to this pandemic,” she added.

Meanwhile, PPhA president Maria Gilda Sebua-Saljay, in response, said they are “proud to play an end-to-end part in the country’s national vaccination program.”

She added that the PPhA will continue to strike collaboration deals with other healthcare professionals to actively participate in defeating the virus. (N. Glenn Aragon/iNEWS)

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