Local pharmacists rolling out in regional SA
The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) welcomes the involvement of local pharmacies in South Australia’s vaccination strategy, but calls for full utilisation of the pharmacist workforce.
Today, local pharmacists have begun vaccinating their communities against COVID-19 using the AstraZeneca vaccine at selected pharmacies in regional SA.
PSA has been working closely with the South Australian Government to secure pharmacist involvement in the strategy since the vaccines were made available in the country.
PSA SA Branch President, Robyn Johns, was amongst the first handful of community pharmacists vaccinating patients in Littlehampton today.
“It was wonderful to be on the frontline today, immunising the Littlehampton community against COVID-19 – but disappointingly, pharmacist involvement in the rollout is still incredibly limited.
“Data shows that 43% of Australians over the age of 50 years still haven’t had their first dose yet and local pharmacists can bridge this immunisation gap.
“As evidenced here in the pharmacy today, local pharmacists can target at-risk Australians, particularly the elderly who may be hesitant to commute to or queue at these hubs for extended periods of time.
“Littlehampton is about 30 to 40 minutes away from Adelaide’s CBD, and given the close proximity to the state’s capital city, why can’t metropolitan pharmacists play their part?
“We already have a skilled, trusted, experienced, and easily accessible vaccinator workforce at governments’ disposal – so we must activate them now!” Ms Johns said.
PSA is dedicated to supporting pharmacists in delivering the COVID-19 vaccine both safely and effectively to the public, and pharmacists are on standby to support the strategy.
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