Pharmacists To Become Vaccinators

NAGPUR : Worried about who will administer vaccines in the absence of doctors and nurses, particularly in rural areas? Now, pharmaceutical shop owners could come to your help.

The Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA) has started an ambitious programme to turn phamacists into ‘vaccinators’ by providing training. The IPA has set a target to train all 12.5 lakh registered pharmacists in India to take up the role of vaccinators by 2025, which it feels would save at least 25% lives in a global crisis like Covid.

The training would commence from May 2023, where pharmacists would be provided online training for 15 days followed by 15 days offline training at registered hospitals. They would also be provided a certificate by IPA, and World Health Organisation.

Speaking to TOI on the sidelines of the 72nd Indian Pharmaceutical Congress (IPC) valedictory function, IPA president Prof TV Narayana said the government had already approved their proposal in this regard. The practice is prevalent in developed countries like the United States and United Kingdom.

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