NSW phar­ma­cist vac­cines

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PHAR­MA­CISTS in New South Wales have now been added to the co­hort of ac­cred­ited im­mu­nis­ers able to de­liver a wider range of in­jec­tions, in­clud­ing those for measles and whoop­ing cough, for any­one over the age of 16.

The new ar­range­ments were an­nounced in Oct last year (PD

25 Oct break­ing news) by Health Min­is­ter Brad Haz­zard, and came into ef­fect yes­ter­day cre­at­ing a “new era of ac­ces­si­bil­ity of vac­ci­na­tion for all res­i­dents, even in ru­ral and re­gional ar­eas”.

Trained NSW phar­ma­cist vac­ci­na­tors can now give both the diph­the­ria, te­tanus and whoop­ing cough com­bi­na­tion vac­cine and the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vac­cine, in ad­di­tion to the flu vac­cine, to peo­ple over 16.

Qual­i­fied phar­ma­cists have es­tab­lished pri­vate rooms on the phar­macy premises with trained phar­ma­cists con­duct­ing pre­jab as­sess­ments to as­sess each per­son’s cur­rent health sta­tus.

Once ad­min­is­tered, the shots are re­ported to the Aus­tralian Im­mu­ni­sa­tion Regis­ter as a mat­ter of course.

Haz­zard said the record high rates of vac­ci­na­tion in NSW are a great pub­lic health achieve­ment.

“Now, with this ad­di­tional range of vac­ci­na­tions avail­able from phar­ma­cists, we want to en­cour­age new grand­par­ents, car­ers of in­fants, and part­ners of preg­nant women to get vac­ci­nated to en­sure they don’t catch whoop­ing cough and pass it on to their ba­bies,” Haz­zard said.

“NSW has achieved its high­est vac­ci­na­tion rates ever and is spend­ing a record $22.75 mil­lion in 2018-19 on state-wide im­mu­ni­sa­tion pro­grams.”

“Peo­ple el­i­gi­ble for free gov­ern­ment-funded vac­cines, in­clud­ing chil­dren un­der five, Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple, those with chronic ill­nesses, preg­nant women and peo­ple over 65 will still need to ac­cess these vac­cines via their GP, so they can get a health as­sess­ment at the same time,” Haz­zard added.

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