PHARMACISTS: We are here to improve health through better access to vaccines.

We are here to improve health through better access to vaccines.

NEW: Vaccination Statement, August 1, 2021

Improved access saves lives

Every year, around 42,000 Americans die of vaccine-preventable diseases.

Stopping disease before it starts

Evidence in medical literature suggests pharmacies can help reach previously difficult-to-reach populations.

More timely prevention

62% prefer to receive vaccinations in pharmacies rather than in other settings, mostly due to convenience.

Prevention within closer reach

Roughly nine out of ten Americans live within five miles of a community pharmacy.

Pharmacists: safe & convenient solutions

With rigorous professional training, pharmacists play an important role in preventing and treating disease.

2021 Updates to Pharmacists Authority
PREP Act Updates 2021
Promoting Access and Lowering Costs in Healthcare

Pacific Research Institute Study
Promoting Access and Lowering Costs in Health Care:
The Case of Empowering Pharmacists to Increase Adult Vaccination Rates

RevCycle Intelligence Article
PRI Podcast

“Each state imposes restrictions on pharmacists regarding the vaccines that they can administer. Many of these restrictions are excessive, despite the evidence that pharmacists can administer vaccines safely and effectively. Since pharmacists are an important provider for administering vaccines, these restrictions are, effectively, an access barrier in the delivery of vaccinations.”

Other Research
& Articles:

COVID-19 Vaccination Op Ed from ADPC Member Orgs
ADPC COVID-19 Statement, November 2020
Vaccines National Strategic Plan: 2021–2025, HHS
Doctors’ son died 10 days before flu shot appointment. Now, they want to save your child
Pharmacy-based immunization services increase influenza, pneumococcal vaccination rates
Increasing Pneumococcal Vaccine Uptake in Rural Areas: Pharmacies May Be Key
Impact of Pharmacist Immunization Authority on Seasonal Influenza Immunization Rates Across States
Primary Care Physicians on Providing Adult Vaccines
Survey: Americans Prefer Pharmacy for Vaccines
Tip Sheet: Developing an Immunization Referral System
Pharmacist vs physician encounters JAMA July 2020
Your Flu Shot, Your Pharmacist Video

Who benefits from more accessible vaccines?

  • Access for patients with no or limited access to primary or routine medical care
  • Protection for acutely and chronically ill patients
  • Encouragement and access for those who wouldn’t otherwise get vaccinated
  • Convenience for people who live far from or lack transportation to their physicians’ offices
  • Access for people who cannot get vaccinations during their physicians’ or clinics’ business hours
  • Documentation of vaccines into Immunization Information Systems (IIS)
  • Improved management of patient care activities because physicians’ time is freed up to focus on patients’ complex and urgent medical issues
  • Access for communities of need, especially low-income communities after low-income, underserved communities, or communities of color, where vaccination is less common or less accessible
  • Fewer outbreaks across society, as a whole
Who benefits from more accessible vaccines?