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Ministries of health and regulators can from today make use of a tool produced by FIP to enhance strategies and create the necessary regulatory frameworks to combat the COVID-19 pandemic through pharmacist-led vaccination programmes. The resource has been developed based on the experiences of regulators in countries where pharmacy-based vaccination and testing have been successfully introduced and regulated.
“As highly accessible healthcare professionals located in small and large communities around the world, pharmacists can greatly contribute to public health and bringing pandemics under control. A number of countries have recognised the value of harnessing the potential of the pharmacy profession through pharmacy-based vaccination programmes but many more could do so. However, successful strategies that involve pharmacists need to be grounded in public protection, quality of care and an in-depth understanding of needs at country level with regard to vaccination and testing services. Resource requirements, such as workforce qualifications and training, infrastructure and funding, also need to be considered,” said Ronald Guse, chair of FIP’s Forum of Professional Regulators.
In the face of current and future waves of COVID-19, FIP’s tool aims to help policymakers to assess pandemic preparedness and the state of legislation within their country in order to facilitate mass vaccination through pharmacists. It consists of a checklist that helps to identify priority actions related to vaccination, testing, prescribing and supply chain management.