Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery 2023
The American Pharmacists Association conducts in person special offerings of the Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certificate training program each year from June-December. Supported by educational grants, these programs are offered for a nominal fee and held in partnership with state pharmacy associations and colleges of pharmacy.
There is currently no grant-support for special offerings of the immunization program in 2023. Please check back in 2024 for possible special offerings or see our List of Organizations that also host the APhA Immunization program.
HHS PREP Act and APhA's 20-hour Immunization Program
Under the Authority granted to it by the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has authorized pharmacists to order and administer (and interns to administer) COVID-19 vaccines that have been approved or licensed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to all individuals age 3 or older. Pharmacist interns must do so while acting under the supervision of a qualified pharmacist. Additionally, HHS has authorized licensed pharmacists (and interns) to provide all vaccines recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and approved or licensed by the FDA, to all children ages 3 to 18 during the COVID-19 pandemic, regardless of state laws and regulations to the contrary.
Both of these authorizations by HHS require that pharmacists (and interns) complete a practical training program of at least 20 hours that is approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). This training program must include hands-on injection technique, clinical evaluation of indications and contraindications of vaccines, and the recognition and treatment of emergency reactions to vaccines.
The APhA Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Certificate Training Program provides 20 hours of training, including hand-on injection technique, clinical evaluation of indications and contraindications of vaccines, and the recognition and treatment of emergency reactions to vaccines. The APhA Pharmacy-Based immunization Delivery Certificate Training Program meets the 20 hour training requirement contained in the two HHS authorizations.
Organizations Licensed with APhA to Host the Program
Most APhA immunization certificate training programs are offered under license agreements with other organizations, such as state pharmacy associations, colleges and universities, and pharmacy chains. This agreement allows the organization to host the APhA certificate training programs.
- To Register for a Program – Check the List of organizations that host APhA's immunization certificate training program at various times throughout the year. These programs are open to all pharmacists. Please contact any of these organizations to inquire and register for any possible upcoming programs. Inclusion on these lists do not guarantee a program is currently scheduled by a specific licensed partner.
- To Obtain Course Material – Once registered, the host organization will provide you with access to the course materials.
- Cost of Program - Prices vary according to the host organization.