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Competency #12: The Canadian Immunization System

This competency demonstrates an understanding of the immunization system in Canada and its impact on his/her own practice.

Learning Objectives

The health professional will be able to perform the following:

  • Describe how the National Immunization Strategy (NIS) is relevant to practice.
  • Distinguish between federal and provincial/territorial responsibilities as related to immunization programs in Canada.
  • List who can administer immunizations in Canada.
  • Describe the current status of immunization registries in the province or territory where practice is based.
  • Describe the process required to introduce a new publicly funded vaccine in a province or territory.
  • Explain the reasons for the variable immunization schedules among the provinces and territories.
  • Locate the current immunization schedule for the province or territory of practice.
  • Identify laws and regulations that may affect immunization delivery programs in provinces and territories.


Canadian Immunization Guide evergreen version http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/publicat/cig-gci/p01-01-eng.php

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