What can a MJ’s pharmacist do for me?
Being highly accessible, pharmacists are now in an ideal position to administer vaccinations. MJ’s pharmacists are licensed to administer immunizations/travel vaccinations at all of our locations to anyone 5 years of age and older. For a minor (children 5-18 years old), a parent or legal guardian will be required to be present in order to provide informed consent. Your pharmacist will educate, counsel, monitor and administer your vaccination. After the vaccination, your pharmacist will provide you with an immunization record card for proper documentation.
Please note: After an injection, you will be REQUIRED to remain in the pharmacy for 15 MINUTES, in order for us to provide assistance in the case of an allergic reaction.
What vaccinations are available without a prescription?
You or your family members can receive publicly-funded vaccines that are under the provincial immunization schedule (e.g. flu shot, pneumococcal), the shingles vaccine, vaccines requiring special access during disease outbreaks and Dukoral without a prescription (schedule II). However, other vaccinations not listed above; for example, vaccinations/medications for travel purposes still require a prescription from the doctor.
I have a prescription from my doctor. Now what?
Some immunizations not within the provincial immunization program or travel vaccines may require a prescription from your doctor. Now that you have a prescription, you must first bring it over to the pharmacy to get your prescription filled. Then, you have a choice to have it administered by your pharmacist or bring it to your doctor. Getting it done directly at your pharmacy is convenient and will save you a trip back to your doctors. However, if you decide to bring it to your doctor, it is absolutely crucial to schedule an appointment first. As most vaccinations are required to be stored strictly between 2-8 degrees celsius, it must be brought directly to your doctor’s office for injection.
Can I receive non-vaccination injections from my pharmacist (e.g. vitamin B12, testosterone, prednisolone, methotrexate)?
No, currently pharmacists in BC are only licensed to administer 1) immunizations or 2) injections used for anaphylactic reactions.