Impact of Pharmacists on Access to Vaccine Providers: A Geospatial Analysis

The Milbank Quarterly
A Multidisciplinary Journal of Population Health and Health Policy
Volume 96, Issue 3  Pages: 409-605  September 2018
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/14680009/current

Original Scholarship
Impact of Pharmacists on Access to Vaccine Providers: A Geospatial Analysis
PARTH D. SHAH, JUSTIN G. TROGDON, SHELLEY D. GOLDEN, CAROL E. GOLIN, MACARY WECK MARCINIAK, NOEL T. BREWER
Pages: 568-592
First Published: 11 September 2018
Policy Points:
:: Policymakers in the United States should consider expanding pharmacy practice laws to allow pharmacists to vaccinate adolescents as a way to improve geographic access to adolescent vaccines, particularly for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, which has low uptake.
:: Our state‐level analysis showed that pharmacists are more geographically dispersed than primary care physicians in the US state of Texas.
:: Including pharmacists among available adolescent vaccine providers would improve the geographic distribution of vaccine providers, especially in areas with an inadequate number of primary care physicians.