Standing Order for Pharmacists
New York State (NYS) now allows NYS-licensed-pharmacists to provide influenza and pneumococcal vaccines to adults 18 years of age and older. Pharmacists must be certified by the NYS Education Department (ED) Office of Professions to offer influenza and pneumococcal vaccines.
Pharmacists must also obtain a non-patient specific standing order from a licensed physician or nurse practitioner practicing to administer influenza and pneumococcal immunizations, a standing order which is required under New York State regulation in order to administer influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations to adults 18 years of age or older. In New York City (NYC), pharmacists who plan to vaccinate must obtain their standing order from a physician or nurse practicing in NYC.
Pharmacists can find a template standing order on the NYC Health Department website.
For NYC pharmacists certified to vaccinate but unable to locate a physician or nurse practitioner who will offer a non-patient specific standing order, the NYC Health Department may provide one. Pharmacists can call (347) 396-2400 to obtain information on how to obtain a standing order.
New York State pharmacists who have not yet been certified as an immunizer in New York State and would like to do so should contact the Office of Professions at the New York State Education Department (NYSED).
The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is providing a non-patient specific standing order for influenza, pneumococcal and meningococcal vaccination for NYC pharmacists who have been certified as a vaccinator by NYSED. To register for a training session to receive a standing order, click here.