Can community pharmacy help increase uptake of adult vaccination?

New research published in the Journal of Public Health questions whether the use of community pharmacy to deliver vaccination has the effect of increasing uptake.

The researchers assessed “evidence of their impact on acceptability, uptake, cost-effectiveness and addressing inequalities”. They identified 28 evaluations of pharmacy immunisation programmes in the UK but pointed out that only three had been published in peer reviewed journals.

The researchers found:

  • no evidence of increased vaccination uptake
  • weak evidence of widening access to individuals who had not previously been vaccinated

However, they did find “good evidence that pharmacies were acceptable and convenient venues for vaccination”.