Vac­ci­na­tions com­ing to lo­cal phar­ma­cies

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY res­i­dents will soon be able to have whoop­ing cough and measles vac­ci­na­tions at lo­cal phar­ma­cies in­stead of having to at­tend the doc­tor’s surgey.

The out­stand­ing suc­cess of the trial of phar­ma­cist-de­liv­ered flu im­mu­ni­sa­tions in Queens­land has led to the state gov­ern­ment ex­tend­ing the pilot to cover other vac­ci­na­tions in­clud­ing measles and whoop­ing cough for adults.

The trial, be­ing con­ducted by the Phar­macy Guild of Aus­tralia and the Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal So­ci­ety of Aus­tralia, has al­ready seen more than 10,000 peo­ple vac­ci­nated by phar­ma­cists. Queens­land State Pres­i­dent of the PSA, Pro­fes­sor Lisa Nis­sen, said the ex­ten­sion of the trial was wel­comed and re­flected the suc­cess of the flu sea­son pilot.

“The num­ber of peo­ple who have been vac­ci­nated and the fact that there have been no sig­nif­i­cant ad­verse events is tes­ta­ment to the ro­bust­ness of the pro­cesses in place and to the pro­fes­sion­al­ism of phar­ma­cists de­liv­er­ing the vac­ci­na­tions,” Pro­fes­sor Nis­sen said.

“PSA and the guild de­vel­oped this pilot with the Queens­land Depart­ment of Health, Queens­land Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy and James Cook Univer­sity to en­sure the high­est stan­dards were ad­hered to and this has un­der­pinned the suc­cess of the pilot.

“The an­nounce­ment made to­day by the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment presents a broad­rang­ing strat­egy that is de­signed to work in con­junc­tion with the Na­tional Im­mu­ni­sa­tion Strat­egy to en­sure that 95 per cent of Queens­land chil- dren and some 85 per cent of ado­les­cents will be fully im­mu­nised.’’

Queens­land State Pres­i­dent of the Phar­macy Guild, Tim Lo­gan, said the ac­ces­si­bil­ity of com­mu­nity phar­ma­cies was a ma­jor fac­tor in the high up­take dur­ing the pilot.

“Com­mu­nity phar­ma­cies are very ac­ces­si­ble and peo­ple can quickly and eas­ily get a vac­ci­na­tion with­out long waits or book­ing weeks ahead,” Mr Lo­gan said.

“This has re­sulted in the pilot cap­tur­ing a co­hort of the pop­u­la­tion who might not nor­mally be vac­ci­nated.

“Ex­tend­ing the trial to other vac­ci­na­tions is a very wel­come move and means phar­ma­cists will be able to make a very sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion in help­ing meet the vac­ci­na­tion tar­gets.”

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