(Message originally posted on December 20, 2016)
As of December 15, 2016, pharmacists in Ontario are permitted to administer more vaccines. Pharmacists should refer to the Ontario College of Pharmacists for detailed information.
Pharmacists may have questions regarding the schedule of certain vaccines. Of the 13 additional vaccines now permitted, 11 are specifically listed in the National Drug Schedules (NDS). However, human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and herpes zoster (shingles) vaccine are not listed.
The NDS states that vaccines are Schedule I unless they are “part of a routine immunization program in most/all provinces and territories,” in which case they are Schedule II. It is permissible to apply the criteria to other vaccines that are not specifically listed in the NDS.
HPV vaccine is part of routine immunization programs in all provinces and territories and would therefore be considered Schedule II.
Shingles vaccine is currently part of the routine program only in Ontario and would therefore not meet the criteria for Schedule II. Shingles vaccine should be considered a Schedule I drug at this time.
Information on routine immunization schedules across Canada can be found here.