Pharmacists will be able to carry out vaccinations in future

Pharmacists will be able to vaccinate the population against Covid-19 and some other public health threats in pharmacies, according to amendments to the Law on Epidemiological Security urgently adopted by the Saeima November 25.

However, the Cabinet of Ministers will still have to determine the professional competence requirements for pharmacists to perform vaccination.

Pharmacies will be free to determine whether they wish to provide vaccination services or not. The possibility to get vaccinated against Covid-19, seasonal flu and tick-borne encephalitis in pharmacies will reduce the risk of overloading GPs, according to the annotation to the bill.

The amendments also obliges a pharmacist who has identified complications from vaccination to report them immediately.

Until now, the law stipulated that vaccination could only be performed by a certified medical practitioner.

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