How to Find a Doctor to Sign-Off an Immunization Protocol for an Independent Pharmacy

For independent pharmacies, in order to provide immunizations of any nature, you have to find a doctor who’s willing to work with you and agree on a protocol partnership.

You’re going to have to convince a prescriber to sign what’s called an immunization protocol with you to administer vaccines.

You can try asking friends and family

If they know one that will do it, ask them if they would be willing to refer you to someone else.

Ask your local health department or county public health office about doctors who are available to agree to and sign protocols.

They may not be able to help directly but they might point you towards the right person.

However, if you just so happen to have a friend or family member who is a doctor then by all means go ahead and talk to him/her!

Look for local prescribers with patients that you’ve filled a lot of prescriptions for

This method is probably going to be the next step in case you don’t know where to look or how to go about it.

It also works well when you already have some kind of relationship with the prescribing physician because he/she knows you and trusts you enough to put his/her name all over your vaccinated patients.

The best way to reach out to this doctor is in person. Don’t send them an email or text message unless you plan on meeting up at their practice.

Once you arrive, introduce yourself and tell the receptionist why you’re here.

Ask another independent pharmacy if they would be willing to share their prescriber with you

Most likely, they won’t want to give away their business partner but there could be exceptions.

In most cases though, they’ll say no.

But if you really need to get something done quickly, you can always call around until you find somebody who agrees to meet with you.

They could even see this as a way to benefit themselves as well. It’s like going to the dealership to buy a car. If you buy more than one, you get a certain discount from the dealership.

You could try to negotiate the costs with the referring pharmacy and the protocol doctor.

You can try contacting your local or state health department

The state or your local health department works with several protocol providers looking for the opportunity to join a pharmacy. These agencies sometimes have a directory of numbers and contacts for you to reach out to doctors who are interested in this type of partnership.

Sometimes they have doctors who are willing to sign the protocol and sometimes they even have example protocols as well for you to use and modify.

Look for protocol vaccine services

One example would be to try reaching out to Prescribe Wellness. Many providers opt into listing themselves on these platforms as doctors who would agree to sign up and get paid to become protocol doctors.

Another really helpful resource is immunize.org. Here, you’ll find a ton of immunization information and tools that you can use to further understand what exactly to do and how to do it.

Chances are, you might even find a local provider on the platform.

Your wholesaler can help you with this as well

Both company wholesalers like Cardinal and Value Drug have been known to have protocol doctors included as a service as well.

The prices may vary but as long as you’re a member, it should be in the range of $50/month or so.

What should my protocol look like?

If you’re looking for a sample protocol, check out this basic one.

Just know that you or the doctor can also add terms to this contract as well. Take for example this bigger protocol sample which is more thorough.

What are the general details required in a vaccine protocol contract?

A physician’s order, standing medical order, standing delegation order, or other order or protocol as defined by the rule of the Medical Board under the Medical Practice Act.

A written protocol must contain, at a minimum, the following:

  • A statement identifying the individual physician authorized to prescribe drugs and responsible for the delegation of administration of immunizations or vaccinations;
  • A statement identifying the individual pharmacist authorized to administer immunizations or vaccinations as delegated by the physician;
  • A statement identifying the location(s) (i.e., address) at which the pharmacist may administer immunizations or vaccinations;
  • A statement identifying the immunizations or vaccinations that may be administered by the pharmacist;
  • A statement identifying the activities the pharmacist shall follow in the course of administering immunizations or vaccinations, including procedures to follow in the case of reactions following administration; and
  • A statement that describes the content of, and the appropriate mechanisms for the pharmacist to report the administration of immunizations or vaccinations to the physician issuing the written protocol within the time frames specified in this section.

Does a protocol mean you can now vaccinate for anything?

Not necessarily. Take a look back at the protocol examples linked in the previous sections of this article. You’ll notice that these protocols will specifically layout what pharmacists are allowed to administer.

It all depends on the contract you sign with the doctor.

How to search the web for standards and rules about doctor-pharmacy immunization protocols

Every state has its own slightly modified version of the rules regarding these immunization protocol partnerships.

I recommend you search Google for keyword terms like, “Administration of Immunizations or Vaccinations by a Pharmacist under Written Protocol of Physician” along with your state at the end of the line.

How much money do you need to pay this doctor?

In many cases, it’s really just a monthly payment to the physician who has his name on the protocol. I’ve heard of some of the local pharmacies in my area paying as much as $100/month in Texas to a provider signing off the protocol.

It really depends on the state you live in. Some are a bit higher and some lower.

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