Concerns Around Improper Injection Techniques
Pharmacists are qualified to provide COVID-19 vaccines in line with the province’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan, so long as they meet all of the College’s requirements for administering injections, which includes having Drug Administration Certification from the College, and meeting the College’s Standards, Limits and Conditions for Drug Administration by Injection and Intranasal Route, in addition to ensuring they have the knowledge, skills and ability to properly administer the COVID-19 vaccine.
As pharmacists continue to help in the province’s COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, the College has received some reports of improper injection techniques, specifically landmarking, used by pharmacists. Improper landmarking or lack of landmarking can result in reduced efficacy of the vaccine and/or injury to the patient.
The College would like to remind pharmacists with Drug Administration Certification that it is their responsibility to ensure that they have the appropriate knowledge, skills and abilities to safely administer injections at all times.
Although all pharmacists authorized to administer injections have successfully completed a CCCEP-accredited drug administration program approved by the College prior to receiving their Drug Administration Certification, pharmacists must ensure that they continue to keep their knowledge, skills and abilities up-to-date. Pharmacists should seek out appropriate resources to review their techniques periodically, as necessary, to ensure these services are delivered safely to patients.
Intramuscular Injections: Deltoid Site