AMA hits out at pharmacist vaccination pilot

Pharmacists should “stick to being pharmacists” and not try to expand their scope of practice into immunisation services, a senior AMA representative believes.

Dr Brian Morton, chair of the AMA’s Council of General Practice, criticised Queensland’s Department of Health’s decision to approve a pilot program which will enable trained pharmacists to provide vaccines this year, saying “they are not trained or skilled”.

The fee for service program, which is expected to involve 100 pharmacists, is set to target people not covered by the National Immunisation Program, as