Empowering pharmacy students and practising pharmacists to become vaccinators during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

  • Razeeya Khan University of the Witwatersrand
  • Ané Orchard University of the Witwatersrand
  • Muhammed Vally University of the Witwatersrand

Abstract

Data suggests that patients are as likely to accept an immunisation recommendation from a pharmacist as they are from a physician or a nurse.1 Pharmacists are generally in an ideal position to recommend immunisation due to the large foot traffic which frequents the pharmacy every day, as it is estimated that 55% of adults frequent a pharmacy at least once a week.2,3 When pharmacists are added as vaccine providers, this results in increased access and higher rates of adult vaccination.4-9

Author Biographies

Razeeya Khan, University of the Witwatersrand

Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Ané Orchard, University of the Witwatersrand

Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Muhammed Vally, University of the Witwatersrand

Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Published
2021-12-09
Section
Cum Laude