Delivering a Comprehensive Pharmacy-Based Vaccines Program

Tags: Online learning, Medication therapy management, Professional pharmacy services, Travel medicine, Injections


The Delivering a Comprehensive Pharmacy-Based Vaccines Program is designed in an online format and has been developed to provide pharmacists with the knowledge to become a primary source for information and administration of vaccines.  This program dedicates approximately 10-15 minutes per vaccine indicated for each of the above diseases as well as individual modules on how to implement a pharmacy-based immunization service and how to handle adverse events post immunization.

The program is funded through the Independent Medication Education Grant by GlaxoSmithKline Canada.


  • Typhoid disease vaccines
  • Varicella virus vaccines
  • Japanese encephalitis vaccines
  • Meningococcal vaccines
  • Yellow fever vaccines
  • Rabies vaccines
  • Bacille Calmette-Guerine (BCG) vaccines
  • Haemophilus influenza type B (HiB) vaccines
  • Pneumococcal disease vaccines
  • Herpes zoster vaccines
  • Human papillomavirus vaccines
  • Hepatitis A vaccines
  • Hepatitis B vaccines
  • Implementing a pharmacy-based immunization service
  • Adverse events to immunization
    • Please note that this module exists in the Injections and Immunizations Refresher program



  • 5.25

CCEP accreditation file number: 

  • 8003-2016-1852-I-P

Expiry date: 

  • January 2, 2020

Learning format: 

  • Online - 15 modules


  • Multiple choice assessment
  • Reflective exercises 

Note: This program does not grant authority to administer vaccines; authority to do so is determined by the healthcare professional’s regulatory college and the respective legislation governing their practice. Prior to administering any vaccine, you must ensure that it is within your professional scope and you have the qualifications and authority to do so.

Learning objectives  

Vaccine-specific modules

  • Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:
  • Identify patient groups with immunization needs based on Canada immunization schedules
  • Describe the epidemiology, clinical features, potential complications (if disease is left untreated), overview on diagnosis, and treatment or prevention of the disease
  • Identify vaccine(s) available in Canada to treat the given disease
  • Discuss classification or type of vaccine (live, attenuated, polysaccharide), dosing schedule, route of administration, side effects and their management, and storage
  • Identify contraindications and precautions to vaccine use
  • Describe follow-up procedures after vaccine administration

Implementing a pharmacy-based immunization service module

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the role of the pharmacist in regards to immunizations beyond influenza
  • Discuss effective implementation of vaccination services into pharmacy practice
  • Explain best practices in screening and documentation related to vaccinations
  • Discuss the actions which need to be taken by both pharmacists and other pharmacy staff in order to successfully integrate vaccination clinics 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 clinics

Adverse events to immunization module

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize signs and symptoms of adverse reactions and their management
  • Describe signs and symptoms and risk factors of anaphylaxis and appropriate management
  • Describe procedure for adverse reaction reporting

Program Completion

To receive the letter of completion for this program, participants will be required to complete the following requirements until January 1, 2020

  1. Complete the program’s online modules (instructions will be emailed to you separately after registration).
  2.  Complete the multiple-choice exam and achieve a score of 70 per cent or more within a maximum of two attempts.
  3. Successfully complete the reflective exercise, within a maximum of two attempts.
  4. Complete the program’s evolution.

Please note that that it takes 5-7 business days to mark the reflective exercise. Access to this program is provided until the date stated above.


Delivering a Comprehensive Pharmacy-Based Vaccines Program is for pharmacists who are interested in gaining the knowledge necessary to become a primary source of vaccine information and administration.

There are no pre-requisites for this program.


  • Jen Baker, RPh, CTH (BScPhm)
  • Joyce Pickering, MD (MSc)
  • Karen Church, RPh, CTH (BScPhm)
  • Kelly Haggerty, RPh, NCMP (BScPhm)
  • Kim Miller, RN (MScN)
  • James Morrison, RPh, CDE (BScPhm)

Last updated: December 19, 2019

Inquiries: Please contact OPA’s professional development team by phone at 416-441-0788, option 3 (toll-free in Ontario at 1-877-341-0788, option 3), or by email at

Cancellation policy: Requests for cancellations must be submitted in writing to no later than five days after access to the program has been emailed to you. A $30 (+HST) administration and processing fee will apply. Cancellations will not be permitted once log-in to access the program material has been initiated. Program registration fees will not be refunded after the cancellation deadline.

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Event Date: Recurring | City: Online | Venue: Online

Pricing and Registration
Member Rate
2019 Delivering a Comprehensive Pharmacy-Based Vaccines Program   $160.00 Add to Cart 
Non-Member Rate
2019 Delivering a Comprehensive Pharmacy-Based Vaccines Program   $320.00 Add to Cart 
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