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Board of Pharmacy

Update for Pharmacists

On August 24, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), acting under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act), published a “Third Amendment to [HHS’] Declaration under the PREP Act for Medical Countermeasures against COVID-19,” which authorizes pharmacists and registered pharmacy interns to order and administer certain vaccines to children ages 3 to 18. 

The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs and the State Board of Pharmacy (Board) are presently preparing an order to authorize licensed pharmacists, and registered pharmacy interns and pharmacy externs under the direct supervision of a pharmacist, to administer vaccines to patients ages three and over, provided that they satisfy the educational and training requirements set forth in the Board’s regulations at N.J.A.C. 13:39-4.21. 

In addition, the Division and the Board anticipate requiring pharmacies and pharmacists to register with the New Jersey Department of Health's New Jersey Immunization Information System and comply with vaccine reporting requirements as required by N.J.S.A. 45:14-63 and N.J.A.C. 8:57-3.  

Participating pharmacists, registered pharmacy interns and pharmacy externs will also need to comply with all other requirements set forth in the Board's regulations at N.J.A.C. 13:39-4.21, including those for recordkeeping and reporting of adverse events. 

Immunizers are also anticipated to be required to notify patients, parents and/or guardians that obtaining vaccinations are not a substitute for well care visits to their primary care practitioners, and that vaccine information will be shared with their primary care practitioners and the NJIIS as and where required. 

Inquiries about the Board may be forwarded to

Anthony Rubinaccio
Executive Director
P.O. Box 45013
Newark, New Jersey 07101

The Board of Pharmacy, the oldest professional licensing board in New Jersey, was established in 1877 to protect the public by regulating the dispensing of prescription medications.

The purpose of the Board is:

  • to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of New Jersey; 
  • to regulate the practice of pharmacies and pharmacists.

The Board protects the public by:

  • making sure that every pharmacist has met all of the necessary requirements for licensure;
  • investigating and disciplining any pharmacist who has not complied with the Board of Pharmacy's laws;
  • enforcing the requirement that every pharmacist continue his/her professional education and training to keep current with the evolving world of pharmacy;
  • requiring that all pharmacies be registered by the State and renew their permits annually;
  • ensuring that patients receive the prescribed medication.

Last Modified: 11/12/2020 11:25 AM