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Dubbo Photo News - - Front Page - BY NA­TALIE HOLMES

THE NSW Gov­ern­ment’s move to al­low phar­ma­cists to ad­min­is­ter vac­ci­na­tions be­yond the hum­ble ‘flu’ jab will be im­ple­mented as early as Jan­uary 2019.

Blooms the Chemist Dubbo phar­ma­cist Ray Mas­ters is pre­pared for the ad­just­ment and al­ready has the nec­es­sary qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

“The ap­proval will start in Jan­uary 2019,” he con­firmed.

“The phar­ma­cists who are al­ready do­ing im­mu­ni­sa­tions will be able to do the ex­tra vac­ci­na­tions.

“It just means that we will be able to do whoop­ing cough and MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) like flu shots.”

Diph­the­ria and tetanus shots will also be added to the list.

Mr Mas­ters said they will still have to fol­low the cor­rect pro­to­cols of med­i­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“The phar­ma­cist will sit with the cus­tomer and make sure that they are suit­able for that vac­cine,” he said. “It’s like go­ing to the doc­tor.”

Mr Mas­ters said the change won’t nec­es­sar­ily im­pact on phar­macy work­loads.

“Vac­cines last for years and we can only give vac­ci­na­tions to those 16 years and older,” he said.

This elim­i­nates most child­hood im­mu­ni­sa­tions which are gen­er­ally given be­tween birth and 4 years; how­ever, phar­ma­cists will be able to ad­min­is­ter vac­cines to fam­ily mem­bers of ex­pec­tant moth­ers.

The new ap­proval is also ex­pected to free up doc­tors’ surg­eries for other needs, an im­por­tant fac­tor in ru­ral and re­gional ar­eas where med­i­cal ap­point­ments can be dif­fi­cult to at­tain.

The NSW Gov­ern­ment will spend $22.75 mil­lion on state-wide im­mu­ni­sa­tion pro­grams in 2018-19.

How Dubbo Photo News first re­ported on Dubbo phar­ma­cist Ray Mas­ters’ push for phar­macy vac­ci­na­tions.

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