Pharmacists are the solution to the COVID-19 vaccine rollout!
Pharmacists are the most obvious solution to getting Australians vaccinated as quickly and conveniently as possible, according to the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA).
PSA National President, A/Prof Chris Freeman, is dismayed that pharmacist involvement in the rollout is still incredibly limited.
“Pharmacists are the most obvious solution to increasing accessibility to vaccinations. We already have a skilled, trusted, experienced, and easily accessible vaccinator workforce at governments’ disposal. And we already have established vaccination clinics in our shopping centres – the community pharmacy!
“Local pharmacists should be activated to alleviate pressure on vaccination hubs and to make it as easy and convenient as possible for Australians to get vaccinated. We need to utilise Australia’s full vaccinator workforce, including local pharmacists.
“Of Australia’s 5,800 pharmacies, only 65 pharmacies have actually been activated so far, with a further 300 to be activated by the end of July. This represents only 5% of pharmacies.
“In addition, the Federal Government’s indemnity scheme already covers pharmacists – they have been fully trained for months and are sick of being sidelined,” A/Prof Freeman said.
A/Prof Freeman went on to say that involving local pharmacists will encourage at-risk Australians to come forward and get vaccinated.
“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. Local pharmacists can also reduce the rate of “no shows” by making it easier and more convenient to get vaccinated, and can reduce wastage by managing their appointments.
“Pharmacists are already vaccinating against COVID-19 in GP clinics, hubs, and remote and rural pharmacies, and have been administering influenza and other vaccines for many years.”
The Federal Government’s indemnity scheme already covers pharmacists administering COVID-19 and 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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