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Copy of COMMUNITY PHARMACISTS' READINESS AND WILLINGNESS TO PROVIDE IMMUNIZATION SERVICES AND FACTORS THAT MAY SUPPORT THE DELIVERY OF SUCH SERVICES

Vaccine-preventable deaths among children and adults remain a major public health concern. Despite marked improvement over the years, coverage in Ghana still falls below desired targets for most routinely recommended vaccines. Significant barriers to achieving these goals include a lack of access to a regular source of care and missed opportunities for healthcare providers to provide preventive health recommendations. Alternative approaches to immunization delivery may help address under-vaccination among children and adults. One option to address these persistent shortfalls and barriers is to leverage non-traditional sites of vaccination delivery. Community pharmacists are recognized as highly accessible healthcare professionals. Community pharmacies, because of the convenient location and extended working hours, offer a unique place to provide a vaccination service.  Another potentially beneficial approach would be to get pharmacists actively involved in immunization based on their extensive knowledge of medicines including vaccines. The aims of this study were to assess community pharmacists’ readiness and willingness to provide immunization services and to identify the factors that may support the delivery of such services.