Pharmacy to Host Immunization Training Program

by Kathryn Sill, Public Relations Writer

Cedarville University’s school of pharmacy will host an immunization delivery training program for local pharmacists who want to become immunization certified. The training program will be held on November 19 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Health Sciences Center on the campus of Cedarville University.

The program will equip pharmacists with the skills necessary to become primary sources for vaccine advocacy, education and administration.

The event will begin by educating the pharmacists about public health concerns, diseases and vaccinations. Pharmacists will be instructed regarding the vaccination process and will spend the last two hours practicing with saline vaccinations.

School of pharmacy professors Thad Franz, R.Ph., Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice and director of experiential programs; Phillip Thornton, R.Ph., Ph.D., vice chair and associate professor of pharmacy practice; and Kelly Wright, R.Ph., Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice are coordinating the event.

Presently, pharmacists in the state of Ohio are authorized to administer a wide range of injectable vaccines to individuals 18 years of age and older.  There is pending legislation in Ohio H.B. 394, an immunization access expansion bill, that would allow pharmacists to administer immunizations to individuals who are seven years of age or older.  In each case, the immunizations being considered are already approved by the advisory committee on immunization practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States Department of Health and Human Services for this purpose.

“The bill will expand the population that pharmacists can immunize and therefore serve as the medication experts,” said Franz.

Register for the immunization delivery training program.

The deadline to register is November 18.