TAS pharmacists ready to immunise +12 years against COVID-19
The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) Tasmanian Branch welcomes advice from the Tasmanian Department of Health on Friday that pharmacists will be able to administer the Moderna vaccine to Tasmanians 12 years and older.
Moderna’s Spikevax vaccine is expected to start arriving at approved Tasmanian pharmacies later this week, with all approved pharmacies expected to have the vaccines by the end of September. The vaccine will be available for anyone aged 12-59.
PSA Tasmanian Branch Vice President, Shane Jackson, welcomed this announcement.
“Tasmania’s vaccination rate continues to track well against other jurisdictions. With local pharmacies exclusively set to receive the first doses of Moderna around the country, this allows pharmacists to administer the Moderna vaccine to those aged 12 and over – improving vaccine accessibility for Tasmanians.
“The data shows that pharmacists have played a significant role in the rollout thus far, and with increased vaccine choice, pharmacists, as one of our most accessible healthcare workforces, must continue to play a key role in vaccinating younger Australians,” Mr Jackson said.
PSA looks forward to the arrival of the Moderna vaccine over the coming days and is dedicated to supporting pharmacists in delivering all COVID-19 vaccines both safely and effectively to the public.
Approved pharmacies offering the Moderna vaccine from 12 years and older will be loaded on the COVID-19 Eligibility Checker later this month https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covid-19-vaccine-eligibility-checker.
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