Pharmacist immunisers

Pharmacist immunisers are registered pharmacists who have successfully completed an approved immunisation course and can administer vaccines to specific client groups in approved settings, in accordance with the Structured Administration and Supply Arrangement (SASA) requirements.

Authority to administer vaccines

Under Part 6 of the Medicines and Poisons Regulations 2016 (external site), the Chief Executive Officer of Health (Department of Health) has issued three Structured Administration and Supply Arrangement that authorise registered pharmacists to provide vaccinations, these are:

  • Administration of influenza vaccines by pharmacists
  • Administration of vaccines by pharmacists
  • Administration of COVID-19 vaccines in pharmacies

A SASA is a written direction that authorises a health practitioner to administer or supply a medicine to any patient meeting the specified circumstances, and the conditions under which a health practitioner is authorised to administer or supply the medicine.

Approved vaccines

These SASAs enable the following vaccines to be administered by a registered pharmacist trained in immunisation, when the conditions of the SASAs are met at a suitably equipped and staffed place or premises in Western Australia:

  • influenza vaccine for persons 5 years of age and over
  • measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) combination for persons aged 16 years of age and over
  • diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis (dTpa) combination for persons aged 16 years of age and over
  • meningococcal ACWY conjugate for persons aged 16 years of age and over.
  • human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) to persons aged 16 years of age and over
  • immunisation of persons aged between 11 years and 15 years in accordance with the current Western Australian Immunisation Schedule (PDF 159KB), this allows pharmacists to initiate administration of HPV and dTpa vaccines to adolescents in Year 7 and MenACWY to adolescents in Year 10
  • Therapeutic Goods Administration registered SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19) VACCINE products, any age

Fees and charges

Should pharmacists intend to charge an administration fee for providing government-funded vaccines to eligible individuals, they are required to advise these individuals of the availability of free vaccination services through bulk-billing general practitioners.

For individuals who are not eligible for government-funded vaccines, they may privately purchase an influenza vaccine from a pharmacist who may charge a fee for both the vaccine and the service. Several private health insurance providers also provide vaccines to pharmacists for their members to access this free of charge.

Last reviewed: 29-04-2022