Kyabram Free Press
Pharmacist says Ky has been slow to get jab
Cr Mackrell said if people were hesitant they should consult their family GP and get more of an understanding about what was right for them.
Pharmacist Peter Pantazopoulos, from Ian Collie Pharmacy in Kyabram, said he had seen a slower-than-expected uptake in the town.
“We aim to conduct clinics in Kyabram, because the vaccines come as a 10-dose pack," Mr Pantazopoulos said.
"We just haven’t had the numbers to do that in Kyabram."
Mr Pantazopoulos, who also operates a Tatura pharmacy, said there was a stark contrast between what he was seeing in Tatura and vaccination numbers in Kyabram.
“I haven’t done a clinic in Kyabram for a week. We have been seeing that over the last few weeks,” he said.
Moderna and Astrazeneca are available from the Kyabram pharmacy, but the Moderna vaccine only has a month-long shelf life.
“Fortunately we have not had to waste any vials," he said.
"Where possible I have used them at Tatura, but we also have the ability to give them to other areas.
“The government is very tight on wastage.” Mr Pantazopoulos said he had been adding some of the Kyabram pharmacy’s allocation to the Tatura roster.
“We have calculated for the two pharmacies," he said.
"As a last resort we would offer vaccines to an out-of-town pharmacy.
“I am not sure if people are getting the right information.
"I would ask them to speak to their doctor or pharmacist.
“There just hasn’t been much uptake in Kyabram.”
Mr Pantazopoulos said he was doing vaccinations every day, and on weekends, at his Tatura clinic.
“Initially we were only doing Astrazeneca, now everyone is opting for Moderna," he said.
“There is a six-week wait between doses with Astra and three weeks with Moderna."
The Pfizer vaccine is not available at pharmacies, it is only available at GPS.
Mr Pantazopoulos said the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines were similar.
“There really isn’t much of a difference between the two, only that the Moderna is available at your local pharmacy and we have appointments available,” he said.