Types of vaccines that pharmacists are authorized to administer

Revised slides from APhA and NASPA show pharmacist authority to administer vaccines according to state/territory.

APhA and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA) have updated their set of slides describing the types of vaccines that pharmacists are authorized to administer according to state/territory. The slides also provide information such as patient age regulations for administering vaccines according to state/territory. The slides are based on data collected from the APhA/NASPA Survey of State Immunization Laws/Rules.

Revisions to the slides include the following:

  • Iowa: Effective September 1, 2013, the state now allows pharmacists to administer all CDC-approved vaccines/travel vaccines pursuant to a protocol. Iowa pharmacists also can administer influenza vaccines to patients as young as 6 years of age and administer any vaccine to patients of any age via prescription.
  • Maine: Effective October 9, 2013, pharmacy interns can administer vaccines..
  • Maryland: As of October 1, 2013, Maryland pharmacists can administer all CDC-approved vaccines.
  • Montana: Effective October 1, 2013, pharmacists can administer vaccines to patients 18 years or older under protocol. However, without a protocol, they can prescribe and administer influenza vaccine to patients 12 years or older. They also can administer pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine without a prescription and administer all other forms of pneumococcal vaccine under protocol.
  • New York: Administration of meningococcal vaccines now is authorized.

As state laws and regulations are continuously changing, pharmacists are encouraged to confirm with their state board of pharmacy or state pharmacy association regarding current pharmacist immunization authority.