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Pharmacy 2018, 6(4), 124; https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy6040124

Pharmacy Technician-Administered Vaccines: On Perceptions and Practice Reality

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Idaho State Board of Pharmacy, Boise, ID 83646, USA
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College of Pharmacy, Touro University California, 1310 Club Dr., Vallejo, CA 94592, USA
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Center for Pharmacy Practice Research, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Washington State University, Spokane, WA 99210, USA
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Received: 16 November 2018 / Revised: 23 November 2018 / Accepted: 26 November 2018 / Published: 29 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Pharmacist–Physician Collaborative Research)
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Abstract

Doucette and Schommer recently surveyed U.S. community pharmacy technicians on their willingness to perform tasks including the administration of vaccines. They found that 47.1% of technicians reported they were “unwilling” to administer a vaccine, although this finding must be placed into proper context. The first nationwide survey of U.S. pharmacist perceptions on immunizations in 1998 revealed only 2.2% of pharmacist respondents had administered adult vaccines and only 0.9% had administered childhood vaccines. They also found pharmacists to be “slightly negative on administering immunizations” with many perceived barriers. Nonetheless, pharmacist-provided immunizations have been an unqualified public health success. The theory of planned behavior (TPB) predicts intention from attitude and perceived behavioral control, among other factors. Given low involvement, exposure, and perceived behavioral control to administer vaccinations, technicians’ attitudes or willingness to participate from the Doucette and Shommer study can be regarded as quite positive. Given the results of a successful pilot project in Idaho and that subjective norms and perceived behavioral control will likely shift upward, one can only expect technicians’ willingness to participate in vaccinations to become more favorable and ultimately become a success. View Full-Text
Keywords: pharmacy technicians; immunizations; clinical pharmacy pharmacy technicians; immunizations; clinical pharmacy
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Adams, A.J.; Desselle, S.P.; McKeirnan, K.C. Pharmacy Technician-Administered Vaccines: On Perceptions and Practice Reality. Pharmacy 2018, 6, 124.

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