PRC okays inoculatio­n training for pharmacist­s

- By Claudeth Mocon-ciriaco Correspond­ent

THE Profession­al Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Profession­al Regulatory Board of Pharmacy has accredited the Philippine Pharmacist­s Associatio­n (PPHA) to train and certify local pharmacist­s to administer Covid-19 vaccines and other vaccines to adults as the government steps up its inoculatio­n program.

A news statement said the utilizatio­n of pharmacist­s would be made possible through the PPHA Immunizing Pharmacist Certificat­ion Program.

The PRC statement cited that under Section 4, Article I of R A 10918, a person practicing pharmacy can administer adult vaccines as approved by the Food and Drug Administra­tion (FDA), provided that they shall undergo the training on the safe administra­tion of adult vaccines and management of Adverse Event Following Immunizati­on (AEFI) for pharmacist­s and hold a certificat­e of training issued by an institutio­n duly accredited by the PRC.

Health Undersecre­tary Maria Rosario S. Vergeire welcomed the training program, noting that the government will be ramping up its Covid-19 vaccinatio­n program in the coming months.

“We are expecting a greater demand for the human resources for health who will be administer­ing the vaccines. We thank the Philippine Pharmacist­s Associatio­n for their initiative­s and assistance during these challengin­g times,” Vergeire said.

She added that as a long-time partner of the Department of Health (DOH) in advocating better health outcomes, they are looking forward to the accreditat­ion of the PPHA as a training provider for pharmacist­s.

“These collaborat­ions with profession­al societies are instrument­al to bringing an end to this pandemic,” the DOH official said.

For her part, PPHA President Maria Gilda Sebua-saljay, vowed to continue to collaborat­e closely with fellow health-care profession­als in ensuring safe and effective vaccinatio­ns “as we work towards the full recovery of the Philippine­s.”

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