Pharmacists as Immunizers

New York State Education laws ยง 6527, 6801, and 6909 permit licensed pharmacists, who obtain an additional certification, to:

  • administer influenza, pneumococcal, and meningococcal vaccinations to adults 18 years of age and older under either patient specific or non-patient specific orders; and
  • administer herpes zoster vaccine to adults 18 years of age and older under patient specific orders.

As a reminder, as described in New York State Public Health Law 2168, pharmacists must complete reporting of all immunizations administered to persons less than 19 years of age to the New York State Immunization Information System (NYSIIS), except for residents of New York City, who must be reported to the City Immunization Registry (CIR).

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Non-Patient Specific Orders

A non-patient specific order authorizes one or more named pharmacists, or pharmacists who are not individually named but are identified as employed or under contract with an entity that it legally authorized to employ or contract with pharmacists to provide pharmaceutical services, to administer specified immunization agents to a defined group of individuals, for a prescribed period of time.

A non-patient specific order must be signed by a New York State licensed physician or nurse practictioner practicing in the same county the pharmacist will be administering vaccine.

Laws and Regulations

Pharmacists as Immunizers Resources

Certified Pharmacist Immunization Survey

All New York State pharmacies employing New York State certified pharmacist immunizers have the responsibility to report information about all seasonal, pneumococcal and zoster vaccinations they administered in the 2012-2013 flu season. A survey has been posted on the New York State Department of Health, Health Commerce System (HCS) for these reporting purposes. The deadline for survey completion is September 6, 2013.

Pharmacies can either report on behalf of their certified pharmacists or ask their certified pharmacist immunizer employees to complete the survey themselves. Instructions for completing the survey and for obtaining an HCS account can also be found below. Please print the survey instructions, as they will expedite your accurate completion of the survey.

How to Request a Health Commerce System (HCS) Account

The NYSDOH Health Commerce System is a secure intranet designed by NYSDOH specifically for electronically exchanging health related data and information between health care providers and NYSDOH. The process to obtain an HCS account can take up to two weeks.

If you are not sure if your work site has previously applied for access to the HCS, who your HCS Coordinator is or have general questions, contact the Commerce Account Management Unit (CAMU) Help Desk at 1-866-529-1890, option 1 or hinhpn@health.ny.gov.