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Readiness and willingness of Malaysian community pharmacists in providing vaccination services

Wei, Chern Ang and Fadzil, Mohamad Syafuan and Ishak, Fatin Najihah and Adenan, Nassrah Norissya and Nik Mohamed, Mohamad Haniki (2022) Readiness and willingness of Malaysian community pharmacists in providing vaccination services. Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice, 15 (1). pp. 1-8. E-ISSN 2052-3211

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Background: Vaccination is an efective public health intervention in reducing morbidity and mortality of infectious diseases. Compared to other countries where community pharmacists (CPs) administer vaccines, CPs in Malaysia are not authorised. This study aimed to assess CPs’ readiness and willingness to provide vaccination in Malaysia, identify potential barriers to and factors supporting the provision of this service. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among Malaysian CPs from April to June 2021. A validated online questionnaire was distributed through social media, instant messaging, email, and pharmacy societies. Results: Of 492 CPs recruited throughout Malaysia, 439 (89.2%) expressed willingness to provide vaccination services to the public, 403 (81.9%) agreed with the accessibility of community pharmacies to the public, and 73.4% agreed that their role in vaccination could help to improve the overall vaccination coverage rate. The lack of pharmacist training in vaccination and concerns on maintaining patient safety were identifed as barriers to CPs’ implementation of vaccination services, with 52.8% and 47.8% of them agreeing, respectively. Training sessions and operational guidelines on providing vaccination services are required to overcome the barriers. Conclusion: CPs in Malaysia were ready and willing to provide vaccination services to the public. However, the implementation demands training workshops and re-evaluation of CPs in public vaccination programmes by Malaysian healthcare policymakers.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Community pharmacists, Readiness, Willingness, Vaccination services, Malaysia
Subjects: R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Pharmacy
Depositing User: Professor Dr. Mohamad Haniki Nik Mohamed
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2022 09:40
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2022 09:40
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/101452

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