FIP releases resource for pharmacists to expand their roles in immunization

The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) has released a new resource to help pharmacists expand their role in vaccination. The document provides practical guidance on implementing a vaccination service and lists the roles and technical requirements for pharmacy-based vaccines-related services.

The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) has released a new resource to help pharmacists expand their role in vaccination. The document provides practical guidance on implementing a vaccination service and lists the roles and technical requirements for pharmacy-based vaccines-related services. The document, which is available free of charge, makes the case for pharmacy-based vaccinations and includes a compilation of evidence and best practices from around the world. "FIP strongly believes that pharmacists should be involved in vaccination strategies in a multitude of roles everywhere around the world and has given high priority to this area for a decade," said FIP president Dominique Jordan. "In recent years, the number of countries that have introduced vaccination by pharmacists or at community pharmacies has increased. However, barriers and opposition to this expansion of pharmacists' scope of practice remain in many countries and with this resource, we want to inspire these countries to move forward and individuals to act."