Is Your Pharmacy a Vaccine Ambassador?
Pharmacists have long been recognized as an essential member of the healthcare team. Their vital role in patient education has led to increased adherence, decreased adverse events, which ultimately results in better outcomes for their patients. Pharmacists play a central role in establishing an “immunization neighborhood” by assessing the vaccination needs of all their patients, administering any necessary vaccines as allowed by state law, and appropriately documenting and following up with other health professionals to ensure continuity of care.
Pharmacists in North Carolina are now extending their immunization reach to support increased access to vaccines for children living in areas of the world without this basic healthcare service, by becoming Vaccine Ambassadors. Families and patients visiting their neighborhood pharmacy will now be offered the opportunity to play an active role in the health of the global community, with a small donation, when they pick up their prescriptions or receive a vaccine. Therefore, every time they receive health care at their pharmacy a child in the world will benefit as well.