APhA Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Program Information


Our office has been working hard and in collaboration with APhA to make the APhA Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Program fully available in an online environment in support of continued social distancing requirements. This unprecedented global situation has created new challenges and opportunities.

We appreciate your willingness to adapt to these changes as we strive to continue to meet your continuing pharmacy education needs


Live, Online: APhA Pharmacy-Based Immunization Program

Live, Online Program Details

The APhA Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Program will be made available to you via a streaming service using Zoom Video Conferencing for its live program dates.  The program agenda will remain the same with the exception of the Skills Training and Assessment portion.  Registration and check-in will be from 7:30am with the lectures beginning promptly at 8:00am. The lecture portion of the training is tentatively scheduled to end at 3:30pm; however, this timeframe can vary due to the interaction between the lecturers and the students.

About the Skills Training and Assessment

Participants will still be required to complete the Skills Training and Assessment portion of the training.  This assessment is the proper demonstration of administering a sterile injection into a person and must be completed to pass the program and receive the certificate of completion.  This portion of the training will be completed remotely and under the supervision of a certified immunizer.  The certified immunizer can be someone from within your organization, a colleague or a friend who is licensed and certified to administer injections.  This person will be required to provide the APhA with his/her license number and other identifying information to prove certification. The details of what will be required are still being finalized and APhA.

The injection assessment must be completed on a live person and this person will need to sign-off that he/she received the sterile injection.   The person receiving the injection does not need to be a pharmacist – only a willing participant. To prove you properly completed the injection you, the certified immunizer, and the injectee must complete a 1-page form (similar to the one attached) and submit it to our office for you to receive the attendance code.  This code will give you access to complete the online live seminar evaluation, live seminar assessment, and to claim your credit for the live seminar. The APhA is finalizing the details to submit this information and we will follow-up as soon as we have that final information.


Training Seminar Agenda

TIME                 ACTIVITY
7:30 - 8:00Registration / Check-In and Coffee
8:00 - 10:00Welcome and Introductions / Clinical Review
10:00 - 10:15Morning Break
10:15 - 12:00 Managing a Pharmacy-Based Immunization Program / Strategies for Increasing Immunization Rates
12:00 - 1:00Lunch
1:00 - 2:30Applying ACIP Immunization Schedules / Communicating with Patients
2:30 - 2:45Afternoon Break
2:45 - 6:00*Vaccine Administration Technique / Transitional and Summary Remarks
Skills Training and Assessment
5:00 - 6:00*Dismissal*
*dismissal is dependent on length of the Assessment portion of the course

Live Seminar Learning Objectives

The second component of the APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certificate training
program (14th Edition) is an active learning seminar focusing on pharmacy practice implementation.
The live training seminar is based on the experience of practitioners involved in immunization
advocacy and administration. The training seminar reinforces and expands on the self-study program
and addresses areas such as immunization needs, legal and regulatory issues, and injectiontechnique
training. Participants will be expected to practice giving intramuscular and subcutaneous
injections.


After participating in the Live Seminar, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe strategies for increasing immunization rates, including physician collaborations,
    community level activities, and immunization coalition activities
  • Evaluate patient histories and make patient-specific recommendations based on the
    appropriate immunization schedule
  • Demonstrate effective strategies for communicating with patients who have concerns about
    vaccines
  • Describe current evidence regarding vaccine safety
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of adverse reactions that can occur after vaccination
  • Describe procedures for management of patients with adverse reactions to vaccination that
    constitute an emergency
  • List the steps for administering currently available intranasal and intradermal vaccines
  • Demonstrate appropriate intramuscular and subcutaneous injection techniques for adult
    immunization

All participants are strongly encouraged to obtain CPR or BCLS certification. However, certification is
not a prerequisite of the program. A Certificate of Achievement is awarded to participants who
successfully complete all program requirements. The Certificate of Achievement is invalid, however,
without written proof of current CPR or BCLS certification.