The Kansas Pharmacists Association completed its first round of immunization training courses this weekend. One hundred twenty-one pharmacy technicians representing various practice settings from Kansas and Oklahoma earned 3.5 hours of continuing education credit and a certificate noting their achievement for taking the Pharmacy Technician Vaccine Administration Training Under PREP Act Guidance course.
KPhA extends its sincere gratitude to Larry Davidow, director of the Pharmacy Skills Laboratory at the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy in Lawrence, for volunteering his time to teach the class and coordinate other volunteers for the in-person trainings and to Mike Conlin, owner of Jayhawk Pharmacy and Patient Supply in Topeka, for graciously providing the supplies needed to conduct the in-person assessments in Topeka.
The two-part program met the requirements specified in the Guidance for PREP Act Coverage – issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health last October – for Qualified Pharmacy Technicians to administer, under the direct supervision of a pharmacist, FDA-authorized or FDA-licensed COVID-19 vaccines to persons ages three or older and to administer FDA-authorized or FDA-licensed ACIP-recommended vaccines to person ages three through 18 according to ACIP’s standard immunization schedule. Specifically, the course provided hands-on learning of injection techniques and the recognition and treatment of emergency reactions to vaccines.
Attendees learned how to fill out the immunization authorization and consent form and about the steps outlined in the Kansas statewide immunization protocol for the management procedure for adverse reactions, as well as the steps necessary for correctly administering influenza vaccine nasal spray (LAIV). They also prepared vaccine doses using proper aseptic technique; correctly identified anatomical locations for safely administering both intramuscular (IM) and subcutaneous (SC) vaccine doses; and demonstrated correct vaccine administration technique on each other.
Kristin Villa, clinical assistant professor at the KU School of Pharmacy, and Susie Muir, a retired pharmacist with 30 years experience in health system pharmacy and six years in community pharmacy, helped Davidow conduct in-person assessments of vaccination technique to learners in Topeka. Mara Goebel, pharmacist at Gibson's Pharmacy in Dodge City, provided in-person evaluations in Dodge City, while David Carter, Laurie Graham, Jessica Russell, Rusty Adams, Mercedes Dorsey, Rodney Skinner and Jonathan Hansen did the hands-on training with technicians in the Osborn Group, which includes pharmacies in Parsons, Pittsburg, Andover, Rose Hill, Derby, Arkansas City, and Winfield, as well as Chetopa, OK, Elk City, OK, Miami, OK, and Sand Springs, OK. Additionally, Sandie Kueker, owner, Hesston Pharmacy, conducted assessments of technicians at her pharmacy.
Since this class had such an overwhelming response, KPhA will be scheduling another round of technician training over the next couple of months. Any currently certified immunizer will be able to conduct the injection technique assessment, but must attend a KPhA webinar to go over the requirements of the in-person training. If you are interested in being an assessor, please contact email@example.com for more information.