Delivering a Comprehensive Pharmacy-Based Vaccines Program

Learn how to implement a pharmacy-based vaccine service and counsel patients on 15 vaccines administered by pharmacists in Ontario.  




Delivering a Comprehensive Pharmacy-Based Vaccines Program was developed to provide pharmacists with the knowledge to become a primary source for information about the vaccines that pharmacists are permitted to administer in Ontario. This program dedicates approximately 10 to 20 minutes per vaccine, as well as individual modules on how to implement a pharmacy-based vaccine service, how to handle adverse events post- immunization and additional helpful resources.

This course will prepare you for travel-specific vaccines as well as refresh your knowledge of the day-to-day vaccinations that are becoming increasingly prevalent in pharmacy practices today.

This program is funded through the Independent Medical Education Grant by GSK Canada

Please note: Completion of this course does not grant authority to administer injections. Such authority is granted by legislation through each healthcare professional’s own regulatory college. For more information on the injection training requirements for pharmacists, please see the Ontario College of Pharmacists website.  

If you are looking for injection training, please see our Immunizations and Injections Certificate Program for Pharmacists and Injection Training Certificate Program for Pharmacy Technicians.

Learning objectives:

By the end of this course, you should be able to:  

Implementing a Pharmacy-Based Vaccine Service module: 

  • Discuss the scope of practice of pharmacy team members related to vaccination services
  • Discuss the actions that need to be taken by both pharmacists and other pharmacy staff to successfully integrate vaccination services into community practice
  • Suggest marketing or promotional strategies that can increase the uptake of vaccination services in community pharmacy
  • Identify reimbursement and compensation opportunities for community pharmacies wishing to implement vaccination services


Adverse Effects to Vaccination module: 

  • Recognize signs and symptoms of adverse reactions and select appropriate treatment (bruising, fainting, urticaria)
  • Describe signs and symptoms and risk factors of anaphylaxis and appropriate management
  • Describe procedures for adverse reaction reporting 


Vaccine-specific modules: 

  • Identify patients who are at risk for Bacille Calmette Guérin, COVID-19, Haemophilus Influenzae type B, Hepatitis A & B, Herpes Zoster, Human Papillomavirus, Influenza, Japanese Encephalitis, Meningococcal, Pneumococcal, Rabies, Typhoid, Varicella, and Yellow Fever
  • Counsel patients on prevention strategies, complications, vaccine types, dosing schedules, routes of administration, contraindications, and management of common side effects
  • Prepare for the administration of vaccines with special storage and handling guidelines 

Course outline:

  • Online Modules (4 hours):
    Implementing a Pharmacy-Based Vaccine Service, Adverse Effects to Vaccination, Bacille Calmette Guérin (BCG), COVID-19, Haemophilus Influenzae type B (HiB), Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Herpes Zoster, Human Papillomavirus, Influenza, Japanese Encephalitis, Meningococcal, Pneumococcal, Rabies, Typhoid, Varicella, Yellow Fever, Wrap-Up and Additional Resources.
  • Multiple-choice Exam (0.5 hours)
  • Program Evaluation

Course at a glance:

  • 4.5 hours to complete
  • 4.5 CEUs
  • Course expiration date: June 30, 2023
  • Online
  • Accreditation: 8003-2022-3468-I-Z
  • Completion requirement: Complete the course’s online modules, complete the multiple-choice exam with a score of 70 per cent or higher (two attempts), and complete the program evaluation.

Who should take this course:

Pharmacists who are interested in offering comprehensive vaccine services to their patients.

Development Team:

  • Sherilyn Houle, BSP, PhD, CTH, RPh
  • Karen Church, BSP, CTH, RPh
  • Tiana Tilli, PharmD, ACPR, RPh
  • Andy Li, PharmD, RPh