Immunization FAQ

Pharmacist Immunizations in WV

  1. What are the approved training programs?
  • American Pharmacist Association (APhA)
  • University of Findlay School of Pharmacy (March 2010)
  • University of Florida College of Pharmacy (Sept 2013)
  • University of Connecticut (Sept 2013)
  • North Eastern University (Sept 2013)
  • Ohio Pharmacist Association
  • University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy(June 2016)
  1. What are the approved CPR programs?

During the COVID-19 WV State of Emergency, the WV BOP permitted some variance initially with the 6 hours of live CE and Drug diversion.  This ended December 2021.  The third variance was the requirement in 15 CSR 12-14.1.c for basic life-support (BLS) training for immunization renewal. While the BLS training has still been required, the Board permitted an American Heart Association (AHA)-compliant course but it did not have to have a hands-on component.  BLS course cards dated for completion on or after January 1, 2023, must have a hands-on component for successful renewal of the Immunizing Pharmacist Permit.

  1. What vaccines can a pharmacist give to someone 18 years and over?

West Virginia Rules permits pharmacists to administer all CDC/Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended vaccines without a prescription (or by using an order issued by themselves) to individuals ages 18 and over per 30-5-7(e).

  1. What vaccines can a pharmacist give to someone 11 to 17 years old?

West Virginia Rules permits pharmacists to administer all CDC/Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended vaccines with a physician prescription, parental consent and after ensuring no vaccine contraindications,  to individuals ages eleven through seventeen per 30-5-7(e) and per Emergency Rule

  1. What about during the federal COVID-19 State of Emergency that is in effect through January 11, 2023 (however Federal authorities indicate it will be extended to April 2023), can I give vaccines to younger individuals?

On Aug. 19, 2020 the US Dept. of Health and Human Services issued a third Amendment to Declaration under the PREP Act.  The WV BOP Position Statement regarding the PREP Act Third Amendment in WV can be found here.  This includes children ages 3 years and up.

  1. What does “personal supervision” mean regarding a pharmacy intern giving a vaccine?

“Personal supervision” means the supervising immunizing pharmacist is physically present in the room during the administration of an immunization.

   7.  What vaccines can a Pharmacy technician administer in WV?

See "COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ" for full answer.

Page Updated: 12/20/2022 12:45:01 PM