Immunization Administration Certification


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The requirements are as follows and can be found in Section 465.189, F.S.

To become certified to administer immunizations and epinephrine, a PHARMACIST must meet the following requirements:

Requirements for Pharmacist Immunization Administration Certification.

  1. Must hold a Florida pharmacist license that is active and in good standing.
  2. Must successfully complete an immunization administration certification program of no fewer than 20 hours, approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy.
  3. Must enter into a protocol under a supervisory practitioner who is a physician licensed under chapter 458 or chapter 459, F.S. Each protocol must include particular terms and conditions imposed by the supervising physician upon the pharmacist relating to the administration of immunizations by the pharmacist. The written protocol shall include, at a minimum, specific categories and conditions among patients for whom the supervising physician authorizes the pharmacist to administer immunizations and epinephrine. The terms, scope, and conditions set forth in the written protocol between the pharmacist and the supervising physician must be appropriate to the pharmacist’s training and certification for immunization. Supervising physicians shall review the administration of immunizations by the pharmacists under such physician’s supervision pursuant to the written protocol, and this review shall take place as outlined in the written protocol. The process and schedule for the review shall be outlined in the written protocol between the pharmacist and the supervising physician.
  4. Must maintain at least $200,000 of professional liability insurance.
  5. Must obtain written permission from the pharmacy owner, if the applicant is to administer immunizations while acting as an employee of a pharmacy.
  6. Once certified, must report immunizations administered to the state registry of immunization information, Florida SHOTS. If a pharmacist is planning to administer immunizations outside a pharmacy practice setting, the pharmacist must register with Florida SHOTS as an individual. If a pharmacist is administering immunizations as an employee of a pharmacy, the pharmacy practice location (permittee) must designate one pharmacist certified to administer immunizations to register and be responsible for maintenance of the pharmacy’s Florida SHOTS account. Please check with your pharmacy’s Prescription Department Manager to determine who will submit this information for your pharmacy.

For information on how to batch upload this data, please visit the Florida SHOTS website.

Requirements for Registered Pharmacy Intern Immunization Administration Certification.

To become certified to administer immunizations and epinephrine, a REGISTERED PHARMACY INTERN must meet the following requirements:

  1. Must hold a pharmacy intern registration that is active and in good standing.
  2. Must successfully complete an immunization administration certification program of no fewer than 20 hours, approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy.
  3. Must be directly supervised by a licensed pharmacist whose license is clear and active and who is also certified to administer vaccines. The supervision must be on a ratio of one pharmacist to one intern.
  • Interns please be advised the Immunization Administration Certification will be added to your Registered Pharmacy Intern license and will not automatically transfer over to your Pharmacist license.
  • You will be required to submit a new Immunization Administration Certification application, fee, and all required supporting documentation in order to administer vaccines as a licensed pharmacist.

Immunization Administration Certification – Pharmacists
The following steps apply to individuals who possess a Florida Pharmacist license that is active and in good standing and wish to obtain the Immunization Administration Certification:

  1. Apply for Immunization Administration Certification. Ensure that all fields are completed as instructed. An incomplete application shall expire after one (1) year. To apply, click here.
  2. Complete 20-hour approved Immunization Administration Certification course. Please submit the certificate of completion for the course with your application. More information regarding the approved course can be found on the American Pharmacists Association website.
  3. Enter a written protocol with a supervisory practitioner who is a physician licensed under Sections 458 or 459, Florida Statutes. Please submit a copy of this protocol with your application. This written protocol must be signed by the supervisory practitioner.
  4. Obtain $200,000 of professional liability insurance. Please submit a copy of the professional liability insurance policy with your application. If your employer provides blanket professional liability insurance coverage for all employees, please provide a copy of the policy or a letter on company letterhead verifying that you are covered under the company policy.

Please allow 30 days for initial review of new applications. All applications and document submissions are reviewed in the order they are received. After your application is reviewed, any deficiencies will be communicated to you in writing by our Board staff. To expedite processing, please submit all required supporting documentation with your application and the requisite fees. If you are having documentation submitted by another entity on your behalf, please verify the Board office’s mailing address to ensure delivery.

  • Department of Health
    Board of Pharmacy
    4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin C-04
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-3258

The immunization administration certification will be added to your Pharmacist license once your application has been deemed complete. Additionally, within 24 hours of conferral, you will be able to verify this information online.

Once certified, you must report immunizations administered to the state registry of immunization information, Florida SHOTS. If a pharmacist is planning to administer immunizations outside a pharmacy practice setting, the pharmacist must register with Florida SHOTS as an individual. If a pharmacist is administering immunizations as an employee of a pharmacy, the pharmacy practice location (permittee) must designate one pharmacist certified to administer immunizations to register and be responsible for maintenance of the pharmacy’s Florida SHOTS account. Please check with your pharmacy’s Prescription Department Manager to determine who will submit this information for your pharmacy.

Immunization Administration Certification – Registered Pharmacy Interns
The following steps apply to individuals who possess a Pharmacy Intern registration that is active and in good standing and wish to obtain the Immunization Administration Certification:

  1. Apply for Immunization Administration Certification. Ensure that all fields are completed as instructed. An incomplete application shall expire after one (1) year. To apply, click here.
  2. Complete 20-hour approved Immunization Administration Certification course. Please submit the certificate of completion for the course with your application. More information regarding the approved course can be found on the American Pharmacists Association website.

Please allow 30 days for initial review of new applications. All applications and document submissions are reviewed in the order they are received. After your application is reviewed, any deficiencies will be communicated to you in writing by our Board staff. To expedite processing, please submit all required supporting documentation with your application and the requisite fees. If you are having documentation submitted by another entity on your behalf, please verify the Board office’s mailing address to ensure delivery.

  • Department of Health
    Board of Pharmacy
    4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin C-04
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-3258

Once your application has been deemed complete, the immunization administration certification will be added to your Pharmacy Intern registration. Additionally, within 24 hours of conferral, you will be able to verify this information online.

Please note that you must be directly supervised by a licensed pharmacist whose license is clear and active and who is also certified to administer vaccines. The supervision must be on a ratio of one pharmacist to one intern.

Checks or money orders should be made payable to the Florida Department of Health.

Immunization Administration Certification Application Fee$55.00

Please note that there is no application fee for Registered Pharmacy Interns applying for the Immunization Administration Certification.

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Florida Statutes
Chapter 456: Health Professions and Occupations: General Provisions
Chapter 465: Pharmacy
Chapter 120: Administrative Procedure Act
Chapter 499: Florida Drug and Cosmetic Act
Chapter 893: Drug Abuse Prevention and Control

Florida Administrative Code
Rules: Chapter 64B16: Board of Pharmacy