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October 18: Pharmacist Training Program for Immunizations - Registration is Open

OPA Office 2674 Federated Blvd, Columbus

The next Pharmacist Training Program for Immunizations will be held on Tuesday, October 18, 2022. The program will be held at the OPA Office, 2674 Federated Blvd, Columbus 43235.

Seating is limited.

Click HERE to Register

Note: Non-member registration will open on September 13, 2022.

June 2012 Immunization Training Program - Injection Training

The Ohio Pharmacists Association was instrumental in the passage of HB 394 which allows Ohio pharmacists and pharmacy interns to administer all immunizations recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to individuals 7 years of age and older.

Pharmacists and pharmacy interns desiring to give immunizations must:

  • complete the home-study activity with a passing grade of at least 80%: Vaccine-Preventable Diseases: Overview and Recommended Immunizations
    (ACPE 0129-0000-20-062-H06-P, 0.5 CEU)
    • successfully complete the live training session (ACPE 0129-0000-21-068-L06-P, 0.55 CEU)
  • show proof of current certification in CPR; if not yet certified, complete a CPR course through your local American Red Cross or American Heart Association chapter

Goals. The goals of this program are to train pharmacists to set up an immunization program for all  vaccines recommended by ACIP; and to train pharmacists to properly administer vaccines and meet the requirements established by the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy for recordkeeping and the use of physician protocols. Participants must demonstrate proper sterile technique and administration of both IM and SQ injections during the training, and should wear clothing with easy access to the deltoid muscle.

Objectives. At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to:

  1. describe the immune system including types of antigens, types of immunity and the immune system reaction to immunizations;
  2. list the disease states and types of immunity associated with immunizations for diphtheria, hepatitis A & B, Hib, HPV, influenza, measles, meningitis, mumps, pertussis, pneumonia, polio, rubella, tetanus, varicella and zoster;
  3. identify the appropriate administration schedules, route of administration, injection sites, dosages, precautions and contraindications, proper storage requirements, appropriate patient populations, and appropriate monitoring and treatment of the patient for adverse reactions for each of these immunizations, diphenhydramine and epinephrine;
  4. demonstrate proper sterile technique in preparation and administration of injectable and intranasal dosage forms;
  5. explain the proper disposal procedures for contaminated needles and immunizations, and the proper procedures for accidental needle sticks; and
  6. describe requirements for recordkeeping and protocols as outlined by the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy.

2022 Registration Rates:

Discounted OPA Member: $275
Non-Member: $425 Join today & save!

Program Schedule:

8:00am -- Registration
8:30-10:45am -- Immunology Review and the Effect of Immunizations
10:45-11:00am -- Break
11:00am-12:30pm -- Sterile Technique in Dosage Preparation and Administration
12:30-1:15pm -- Lunch
1:15-3:30pm -- Nuts and Bolts of a Pharmacist Administered Vaccination Program in a Community Pharmacy
3:30pm -- Adjournment

Faculty: Donald L. Bennett, R.Ph., MBA; Jarrett Bauder, R.Ph., PharmD.; Dorothy Bystrom, RN

Directions to 2674 Federated Blvd

Certificate of Achievement.
To become eligible to receive a Certificate of Achievement for this program and to meet the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy criteria, participants must:
  • complete the home-study activity with a passing grade of at least 80%: Vaccine-Preventable Diseases: Overview and Recommended Immunizations (ACPE 0129-0000-20-062-H06-P, 0.5 CEU)
  • successfully complete the live training session (ACPE 0129-0000-21-068-L06-P, 0.55 CEU)
  • show proof of current certification in CPR; if not yet certified, complete a CPR course through your local American Red Cross or American Heart Association chapter

The live portion of this program meets the training requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogens standard as revised by the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act of 2000. Pharmacists and others providing immunizations and/or point-of-care test involving blood have the potential to be exposed to a bloodborne pathogen and must meet the requirements of this standard, including annual live training, or risk facing fines.

This program has been approved by the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy to qualify pharmacists to administer all immunizations recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the CDC to individuals 7 years of age and older.

Immunization Training Program Brochure

Requests for refunds, less $15 administrative fee, will be honored if received at least one week prior to the program.

If you are unable to attend the next program but are interested in attending a future program, please complete the following form:

Immunization Training Program Interest Form

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