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Pharmacies urged to join COVAX push


AUSTRALIAN community pharmacies that have yet to join the national COVID-19 vaccinatio­n (COVAX) rollout are being urged to register to participat­e to demonstrat­e the sector’s capacity.

Speaking during a webinar on Wed night, Pharmacy Guild of Australia National President, Trent Twomey, noted 3,730 pharmacies have registered with the Pharmacy Programs Administra­tor (PPA) to date, with a further 40 waiting to be on-boarded.

“I’d love to hit that 4,000 [pharmacies participat­ing] mark by the end of the calendar year,” he said.

“The reason for that isn’t just to round it out nicely... we really do, as a profession, need to have the broadest level of access as we move into the booster program.”

Twomey noted that community pharmacies have administer­ed more than 1.3 million doses of COVAX to date.

“That’s a combinatio­n of AstraZenec­a - nearly 930,000 doses - and Moderna - at just a tick over 4,000,” he said.

“The Guild’s modelling had that we will most definitely hit at least one million vaccines of each of these two varients.

“So keep up the good work.” MEANWHILE, Twomey also highlighte­d the successful launch of the Far North Queensland COVID-19 School Vaccinatio­n Program.

He added that pharmacies can access federal funding to provide similar COVAX outreach services.

However, he noted that all jurisdicti­ons, excluding Tasmania had implemente­d legislatio­n to authorise pharmacies to conduct such services.

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