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Boots technicians deliver 4k child flu vaccinations in landmark scheme

Pharmacy technicians visited schools to vaccinate 4-11-year-olds (source: Shutterstock)
Pharmacy technicians visited schools to vaccinate 4-11-year-olds (source: Shutterstock)

Boots pharmacy technicians administered more than 4,250 nasal flu vaccinations to children during a six-week pilot the multiple branded "the first of its kind".

Boots pharmacy technicians visited schools on the Isle of Wight to administer the vaccinations to children aged 4-11 years, the multiple explained yesterday (March 21).

The vaccinations were prescribed by a Boots independent prescriber using a patient specific direction (PSD), the multiple added.

Pharmacy technicians Sharon Bunch and Hannah Hine led the trial, supported by pharmacist independent prescriber Krupa Patel, Boots said.

The multiple provided specialist training for the team, including techniques for dealing with children and their varied attitudes to receiving the vaccination, it said.

Boots’ chief pharmacist Marc Donovan said the pilot was “a great opportunity to demonstrate the power of the whole pharmacy team”, with independent prescribers and pharmacy technicians working together “in a new way”.

“I’d like to get to a future where pharmacy technicians can consistently offer a deeper level of care to our patients,” he added.

There are “many learnings to take forward about how we can develop this scheme and roll it out wider in the future”, Mr Donovan said.

Liz Fidler, president of the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK, said: “I am delighted that further work will be undertaken to embed the contribution pharmacy technicians can make using PSDs.”

C+D has asked Boots for more detail on its plans following the pilot.

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A LOCUM, Community pharmacist

I assume these technicians have to go through all the training we pharmacists have to do ie. cppe modules, regular face to face training, basic life support , anaphylaxis training , use of a defibrillator, dbs check , and pay for extra indemnity insurance , ps i'm sure the IP is aware they are fully legally responsible for the service , all actions and incidents the technicians encounter. I've treated anaphylaxis and cardiac arrest in real life emergencies and would not put my registration on the line trusting others to act in such emergencies.especially when an IP is'nt even there and its a live vaccine .

Benie Locum, Locum pharmacist

If Boots say it is okay then that is fine by me me. They would never knowingly sell out the profession just for the sake of a few billion pounds down the line. 

Leon The Apothecary, Student

Good to hear Technicians showing that they can do additional and different work beyond the dispensary bench.

Benie Locum, Locum pharmacist

Marc Donovan:

“I’d like to get to a future where pharmacy technicians can consistently offer a deeper level of care to our patients,” he added.



Our profits will skyrocket when we no longer have to employ pharmacists

Farhat Ahmed, Locum pharmacist

WHY WERE BOOTS DOING IT AS A """PRIVATE SERVICE""" did all those parents PAY I doubt it very much

I for one tried very very hard to get permission to do kids, so how the hell did BOOTS get permission. Who has had the backhander I wonder!!!!!

Benie Locum, Locum pharmacist

The coming years:

 2020 BootsTechnicians dispense 1 million prescriptions

2021 Boots Technicians provided 10 'clinical' services 

2022 The government decide Pharmacists are no longer required nationwide after consultation with Boots. 

2023 Boots declare record profits well into the billions. Tax paid in UK, £0.

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