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Canadian Pharmacists Association
Canadian Pharmacists Association

COVID-19: Information for Pharmacists

Updated: April 15, 2021

Covid19 Banner. Information and Resources

The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) is committed to working with Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) to ensure that pharmacists across Canada have the tools and resources to support their patients as we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • COVID-19 and vaccine hesitancy: CPhA has compiled a list of credible resources to help you address vaccine hesitancy with your patients.
  • COVID-19 Tests in Canada: Reference tool for pharmacists to understand and distinguish between approved COVID-19 testing methods and technologies. (April 14, 2021)
  • Suggested Best Practices for Community Pharmacy: Providing Influenza Immunizations During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Working with its National Influenza Preparedness Working Group and informed by official guidance from the National Immunization Advisory Committee, CPhA has developed some suggested operational best practices to help community pharmacy plan for the upcoming influenza season. (September 10, 2020)
  • Protecting the Front Line: COVID-19 Day-to-Day Questions: CPhA has created an FAQs resource to help pharmacists manage day-to-day questions about COVID-19 in their pharmacies. This information is meant to support policy, practice and clinical guidelines being developed across the country, and will answer key questions pharmacists may have when supporting their patients during the pandemic. The content will be updated regularly.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Suggested Best Practices for Pharmacies During the COVID-19 Pandemic: CPhA has updated its suggested best practices on the use of PPE by pharmacy staff. Changes include considerations for use of non-medical masks/cloth masks/cloth face coverings as a source control measure, additional clarity on applying point-of-care risk assessments to determine when and what PPE is required and the application of these PPE best practices for immunizations. (Updated May 29, 2020)
  • Staffing and Business Considerations if a Pharmacy Team Member Becomes Ill: CPhA and the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada have developed a list of key considerations for pharmacy managers/owners to help them prepare for next steps if a pharmacy staff member is exposed to or infected with COVID-19. This document will help pharmacies prepare for staff reductions or store closures and offers guidance on staff reductions, self-assessment and connecting with local public health units.
  • The COVID Conversations: CPhA's open access webinar series designed to support pharmacists during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Webinar Recordings: Recent webinars include Preparing for Flu Season (NEW), Virtual Care, the Role of Pharmacy in Public and Population Health, Opioid Stewardship Under the New CDSA Exemptions, COVID-19 and the Global Experience, Supporting Pharmacists’ Mental Health and Wellness, A Day In the Life of Community Pharmacists During COVID-19, and more.
  • Supporting Pharmacists’ Mental Health and Wellness During COVID-19: As pharmacists take on greater responsibilities during the COVID-19 pandemic they are also bearing additional physical and mental stresses as they continue to provide care to their patients. Based on our recent COVID Conversations webinar, this new practice tool encourages pharmacists to be aware of their own mental health and well being during these challenging times, and provides practical tips and links to additional resources on where to get support.
  • What Can Pharmacists Do Under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) During the COVID-19 Pandemic? CPhA developed a series of practice tools to support pharmacists in their role as opioid stewards, using real-life provincial examples to show how pharmacists can manage opioid-related prescriptions under current CDSA exemptions to better care for vulnerable patients (August 7, 2020).

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Mask Poster: Promote the use of masks for those entering your pharmacy. (black and white version)

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Pharmacy Poster: Enter the contact info for your pharmacy and local public health authority before printing.

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Virus Poster: Top tips to prevent the spread of viruses.


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Pharmacists' Scope of Practice and Services

Prescribing and continuity of care

(Updated) Pharmacy involvement in COVID vaccination: This map provides an overview of the role pharmacy is playing in the COVID vaccine rollout across Canada. As the situation is evolving quickly, this chart is updated weekly. (April 12, 2021)

COVID-19 and Controlled Drugs and Substances

(New) COVID-19 Point-of-Care Testing: This graphic shows the role pharmacy can play or is playing in testing Canadians for COVID-19. (March 24, 2021)


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Pharmacists' scope of practice during COVID-19: This chart shows what pharmacists are authorized to do across Canada to provide continuity of care and key pharmacy services to patients during COVID-19. (June 11, 2020)

COVID-19 and Controlled Drugs and Substances


COVID-19 and controlled drugs and substances: This chart shows how pharmacists have been enabled to better support patients who have been prescribed controlled drugs and substances during the COVID-19 pandemic. (June 12, 2020)

COVID-19 and pharmacy services

COVID-19 and pharmacy services: The following map shows where new services, remuneration for services and/or expanded scopes of practice have been implemented since or temporarily during the pandemic. (June 29, 2020)

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Video: A CPhA Explainer on what pharmacists want you to know about getting vaccinated at your pharmacy


Video: A CPhA Explainer: Drug Myths and COVID-19 (YouTube)


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