Immunization Update 2021

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Pharmacists have a responsibility to follow immunization guidelines and incorporate best practices into their procedures when administering vaccines. Staying up to date can be challenging as information related to COVID-19 vaccines changes frequently. This article provides an overview of COVID-19 vaccine information as well as an update on vaccine and immunization practices unrelated to COVID-19 made by the ACIP during 2020 and 2021.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, pharmacists will be able to:

  • Identify the mechanism of action for the various COVID-19 vaccine platforms.
  • Compare and contrast the safety data related to the various COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Compare and contrast the efficacy data related to the various COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Recall the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations for
    the Ebola virus vaccine.
  • Recognize individuals and populations that are at higher risk for meningococcal
  • Review influenza vaccine composition for the 2021-2022 season.

Activity Type: Knowledge-based
Target Audience: Pharmacists
Learning Level: 1

Accreditation Information


The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours of CPE credit (0.10 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0202-0000-21-281-H06-P.  

To obtain credit for Immunization Update 2021, complete the assessment with a grade of 70% or better, complete the evaluation, and then claim credit. Participants need to have a valid username and password to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript.

APhA's continuing pharmacy education policy allows two opportunities to successfully complete the continuing pharmacy education assessment. Please note that the questions may not appear in the same order as printed and only two attempts to pass the assessment will be granted.  The current policy of the APhA Education Department is to not release the correct answers to any of our CPE tests. This policy is intended to maintain the integrity of the CPE activity and the assessment.

Initial release date: August 1, 2021
Expiration date: August 1, 2024 - No credit can be earned after this date


Immunization Update 2021, is a home-study continuing education activity for pharmacists developed by the American Pharmacists Association. © 2021 American Pharmacists Association

Advisory Board

Ashley Pugh, PharmD, BCACP, Assistant Director of Experiential and Interprofessional Education, Union University College of Pharmacy, Jackson, TN


Miranda Wilhelm, PharmD, Ashley Pugh, PharmD, BCACP, and APhA editorial staff declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests in any product or service mentioned in this activity, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria. For complete staff disclosures, please see the Education and Accreditation Information section at


There is no fee associated with this activity for members of the American Pharmacists Association. There is a $25 fee for nonmembers.

System Requirements

Computer and internet access are required to complete this activity.  Please visit our website to view the Technology System Requirements in order to have a positive learning experience.

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE# 0202-0000-21-281-H06-P 0.1 CEUs August 01, 2021 - August 01, 2024