APhA Revises Immunization Guidelines

February 8, 2019

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) on February 4 announced revised Guidelines for Pharmacy-based Immunization Advocacy and Administration covering five areas of focus: Prevention, Partnership, Quality, Documentation, and Empowerment.

The revised guidelines urge pharmacists to collaborate, coordinate, and communicate with immunization stakeholders to protect the community from vaccine-preventable diseases and to ensure quality by achieving and maintaining competence to administer immunizations.

The guidelines also state that pharmacists should:

  • Document immunizations fully
  • Report clinically significant events using the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)
  • Educate patients about immunizations
  • Respect patients’ rights as well as their beliefs


“The guidelines provide a framework for the implementation and delivery of immunization services within pharmacy practices and pharmacists’ role as a valued member of the immunization neighborhood and improve the health of their communities,” according to Mitchel Rothholz, APhA Chief Strategy Officer.

Read the APhA press release.