NHA Creates Partnership, Path for Accredited Immunization Training for Pharmacy Technicians

Chain Drug Review (12/29/20)

The National Healthcareer Association (NHA) has teamed up with CEimpact to offer pharmacy technicians an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education-accredited immunization training course, helping them qualify to administer vaccines according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act. CEimpact will supply both immunization training and technician-specific continuing education courses to NHA's educational and employer partners, as well as pharmacy technicians. Training is available to all state-licensed pharmacy technicians, regardless of whether they are nationally certified. The HHS PREP Act broadens previous rights awarded to qualified pharmacy technicians and state-authorized pharmacy interns, empowering those who qualify to administer childhood vaccines, COVID-19 tests and COVID-19 vaccines upon availability. NHA's announcement comes as pharmacies across the United States prepare to be inundated with immunization requests, with major community pharmacies hiring thousands of additional employees to help meet demand. "With the arrival of flu season plus the recent availability of COVID-19 vaccines, the timing couldn't be better," said NHA executive director of Education and Advocacy Jessica Langley-Loep. "NHA has long been active in advocating for expanded roles for pharmacy technicians, and we are excited to play a role in public health by enabling technicians to administer immunizations."

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