In Oregon, pharmacists currently can immunize adults with all recommended vaccines, and adolescents 15 years of age and older with influenza vaccine. Beginning January 1, 2011, pharmacists can give recommended vaccines to adolescents starting at 11 years of age.
Here's what immunizing pharmacists need to know:
- Pharmacists must follow the Oregon pharmacy protocols for vaccine administration
- Immunizations given must be reported to the Oregon Immunization Information System, ALERT IIS. This can be done online!
Please call 1-800-980-9431 for questions about reporting to the ALERT IIS.
Implementation date is no later than January 1, 2014.
For each vaccine encounter, prior to administering vaccine, pharmacy personnel will look up each patient in the ALERT Immunization Information System (IIS) to determine the patient's vaccine history and to forecast vaccines needed.
- This is not required when administering only influenza vaccines, but will continue to be recommended to help increase pneumococcal vaccine rates.
- This is not required when the pharmacy/pharmacist conducts a remote vaccine clinic, but will continue to be recommended when remote connectivity is available.
- When giving immunizations to individuals 11-18 years of age, pharmacists must give the well-visit flyer to encourage adolescents (or their parents) to make an appointment for a full check-up. Order hard copies of this flyer by calling 971-673-0300 or download copies in English or Spanish.
Adolescent Well Visit Flyer
English (pdf) Spanish (pdf)