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 SASA Structured Administration and Supply Arrangement 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 two Structured Administration and Supply Arrangement (SASAs) that authorise registered pharmacists to provide vaccinations, these are:

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 10 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.

Fees and charges

Pharmacist immunisers may charge a service fee for administration of the vaccination to people who are eligible for government-funded vaccines, if they wish to do so.

Pharmacist immunisers are required to advise these individuals about the availability of government-funded vaccines and free vaccination services through bulk-billed general practitioners, prior to administrating the vaccine.

For individuals who are not eligible for government-funded vaccines, the pharmacist may charge a fee for the vaccine and their services.

Last reviewed: 12-03-2021