Pharmacists in Latvia authorised to administer Covid-19 vaccination

On Thursday, 25 November, Latvia’s Saeima passed in the second and final reading amendments to the Epidemiological Safety Law. These amendments provide for authorising pharmacists to administer Covid-19 vaccination service to residents at pharmacies.
As reported by the Saeima’s press-service, it is planned for the Cabinet of Ministers to list professional competences for pharmacists who will administer vaccination. Pharmacies will be allowed to freely decide if they want to provide vaccination services.
The option to vaccinate for Covid-19, seasonal flu or tick encephalitis at pharmacies will help reduce the risk of burnout for general practitioners, according to the annotation.
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As noted in the annotation, pharmacists can also help residents access reliable and scientifically justified information about vaccination and the accessibility of this service.
Until now vaccination was permitted to be administered only by certified medical workers.