NSW ramps up vax rollout, Qld criticises ‘strollout’


The list of pharmacies on the COVID-19 watch list balloons, as the NSW premier announces change to the pharmacy jab program

All adults in NSW will now be able to access the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from community pharmacies, state premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced.

State Branch President of the Pharmacy Guild, David Heffernan, said the move would see more people able to be vaccinated in pharmacies across the state.

“The NSW Government has arrived at the right decision in regards to making the vaccine more widely available, and it is a significant milestone in encouraging more people to be vaccinated,” Mr Heffernan said.

“Community pharmacies are the most accessible health professionals, and this is an important aspect in encouraging people to get vaccinated.

“They know that most pharmacies are open extended hours and at weekends which makes it far easier to get a vaccination when it suits the patient.”

The news comes as the mainstream media reports a change in attitude towards the AstraZeneca vaccine. Rare adverse events associated with the vaccine have been widely reported.

These include 87 cases (as at last week) of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome from a total of 6.1 million doses administered; and six deaths linked to receiving the vaccine.

The Financial Review’s David Marin-Guzman spoke to Western Sydney pharmacists who said they were being “overwhelmed by the amount of interest” as they began administering the AstraZeneca vaccine this week.

“We thought we’d have more resistance to AstraZeneca but a lot of people have realised it’s safe,” said Alex Papadimitriou of Harper’s Pharmacy in Earlwood.

“We definitely feel – talking among pharmacists and our staff – that there has been a turnaround.”

Meanwhile in Queensland, Pharmacy Guild acting state president Chris Owen has announced that an additional 82 community pharmacies would begin offering free COVID vaccinations to eligible Queenslanders from Monday (26 July).

Mr Owen said the additional pharmacies are located in outer metro and regional areas of Queensland and will join the 49 community pharmacies already vaccinating against COVID-19, bringing the total number to 131.

 “I am pleased that the Prime Minister is accelerating the COVID-19 vaccination rollout through local community pharmacies,” said Mr Owen. “The only way to ensure we can stop these constant lockdowns is to get as many people as possible vaccinated.”

He told 4BC1116 News Talk’s Scott Emerson that it was an “absolute travesty we weren’t involved in the rollout sooner”.

“Inside we’re saying it’s a stroll out, and now that we have got the community pharmacies on board we can actually call it a proper rollout,” he said.

“As we stand today we [Australia] have less people vaccinated than most of the economically developed countries in the world: we have been lagging.

“They say it’s not a race but with all the Olympic excitement going on now we certainly should be using that race analogy. We should be… going for gold,” he said.

Meanwhile, the list of pharmacies added to NSW’s watch list continues to grow quickly.

The pharmacies on NSW Health’s list of exposure sites, updated in the week to 27 July, include:

  • People who attended the Terry White Pharmacy at Winston Hills at 10.15am to 10.30am on Sunday 25 July are casual contacts.

  • People who attended the Chemist Warehouse Beaumont Hills at 10:50am to 7:20pm on Friday 23 July; 2:30pm to 10:30pm on Thursday 22 July; 2:40pm to 10:40pm on Wednesday 21 July; 2:30pm to 2:45pm on Monday 12 July; 2:20pm to 10:50pm on Tuesday 20 July; and/or 10:50am to 7:20pm on Monday 19 July 2021 are considered close contacts.

  • People who attended the Auburn Central Shopping Centre, which includes a pharmacy, between 2:25pm and 4:05pm on Saturday 17 July are considered casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Blooms Chemist Bankstown at 4:40pm to 4:45pm on Thursday 22 July are casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Pharmacy4less Bankstown at 12:40pm to 12:50pm on Friday 23 July are casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Chemist Warehouse Fairfield on Kenyon Street at 4pm to 4:20pm on Monday 19 July; 4:40pm to 5:30pm on Friday 16 July; 3pm to 3:15pm on Friday 16 July;
    1:30pm to 2:30pm on Thursday 15 July; 2:45pm to 3:40pm on Wednesday 7 July; and/or
    12pm to 2pm on Monday 5 July are considered casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Chemist Warehouse Granville at 6pm to 6:30pm on Wednesday 21 July are considered casual contacts.
  • People who attended Astley Pharmacy and Mobility at 5:25pm to 5:35pm on Sunday 18 July and/or 11am to 11:15am on Wednesday 14 July 2021 are considered casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Strathfield Plaza (which includes a pharmacy) at 2:45pm to 5pm on Tuesday 20 July are considered casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Chemistworks Wetherill Park at Stockland at 2:40pm to 3:05pm on Wednesday 21 July; 2pm to 2:20pm on Tuesday 20 July; 3pm to 3:30pm on Thursday 15 July; 2:15pm to 2:30pm on Thursday 15 July; 8pm to 8:15pm on Wednesday 14 July; 3:30pm to 4pm on Monday 12 July; 4:20pm to 4:45pm on Monday 12 July; 2:45pm to 3:45pm on Saturday 10 July; 11:30am to 12:15pm on Monday 5 July; and/or 5:30pm to 6:30pm on Sunday 4 July are casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Canterbury Late Night Pharmacy at Campsie at 7:40pm to 7:50pm on Thursday 22 July are considered close contacts.
  • People who attended the Cincotta Chemist Campsie at 3:45pm to 3:50pm on Thursday 22 July are considered casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Chemist Warehouse Casula at the Crossroads Homemaker Centre at 4:20pm to 4:45pm on Monday 19 July are casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Soul Patterson Chemist Eagle Vale at 4:10pm to 4:20pm on Sunday 18 July are casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Priceline Pharmacy Lake Haven at 10:20am to 10:40am on Saturday 24 July are casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Cincotta Chemist Macquarie Fields at 9:15am to 9:20am on Tuesday 20 July are casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Northlakes Shopping Centre (which contains three pharmacies) at 9:40am to 10:15am on Sunday 25 July; 1pm to 1:15pm on Saturday 24 July; 2:20pm to 3:05pm on Friday 23 July; 11:05am to 11:30am on Thursday 22 July; and/or
    1:55pm to 2:20pm on Wednesday 21 July are casual contacts. The Priceline Pharmacy San Remo, at this centre, is singled out with those who attended at 2:20pm to 2:40pm on Friday 23 July and/or 11am to 11:30am on Thursday 22 July also casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Cincotta Chemist Enmore at 12:10pm to 12:25pm on Monday 19 July are close contacts.
  • People who attended the Priceline Pharmacy Roselands at 3:40pm to 4pm on Tuesday 20 July are close contacts.
  • People who attended the Priceline Pharmacy Casula at 1pm to 1:20pm on Friday 23 July are casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Fairfield Forum Pharmacy at 11:30am to 12pm on Saturday 17 July; 11:45am to 11:50am on Tuesday 13 July; 1:45pm to 2:10pm on Monday 12 July; 10am to 10:30am on Saturday 10 July; 3:55pm to 4:10pm on Friday 9 July; 1:45pm to 2:05pm on Friday 9 July; 12pm to 5pm on Thursday 8 July; and/or 10:45am to 12:15pm on Wednesday 7 July are casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Neeta City Shopping Centre, Fairfield, which includes a pharmacy, at 1:50pm to 2:05pm on Wednesday 21 July are casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Greenfield Park Pharmacy at 3pm to 3:15pm on Wednesday 21 July and/or 11:45am to 12:15pm on Monday 12 July 2021 are casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Chemist Warehouse Liverpool at 10:50am to 11:15am on Thursday 22 July; 11am to 12pm on Tuesday 20 July; and/or 10:15am to 10:45am on Saturday 17 July are casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Chemist Warehouse Marrickville at 3:15pm to 3:35pm on Thursday 15 July are casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Pharmacy Nutrition Warehouse Toongabbie at 5pm to 5:45pm on Monday 19 July and/or 8:45am to 9:30am on Saturday 17 July are casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Ashfield Mall (which contains two pharmacies) at 12:10pm to 1:25pm on Saturday 17 July must monitor for symptoms and if they occur get tested immediately and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.
  • People who attended the Priceline Pharmacy Sydney (George Street) at 2:35pm to 2:45pm on Monday 19 July must monitor for symptoms and if they occur get tested immediately and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.
  • People who attended the Pharmacy 4 Less Lakemba at 5:30pm to 6:30pm on Sunday 18 July are close contacts.
  • People who attended the Pharmacy 4 Less Burwood Westfield Burwood at 12:50pm to 1pm on Monday 19 July are close contacts.
  • People who attended the Chemist Warehouse Campsie at 11:35am to 11:55am on Wednesday 14 July are casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Chemist Warehouse Castle Hill Super Centre at 9:50am to 10:05am on Monday 19 July are casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Chemist Warehouse Dee Why at 12pm to 12:30pm on Tuesday 20 July are casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Chemist King Pharmacy at 6:10pm to 6:20pm on Tuesday 20 July are casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Terry White Chemmart Plumpton at 7:35pm to 7:55pm on Tuesday 13 July are casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Chemist Warehouse Lakemba at 3:10pm to 3:25pm on Monday 19 July and/or 4:20pm to 4:40pm on Saturday 17 July are close contacts.
  • People who attended the Chemist Warehouse Parramatta at 3:45pm to 12am (midnight) on Monday 19 July are close contacts.
  • People who attended the Glenrose Village Shopping Centre (which includes a pharmacy) at 6:50am to 2:30pm on Wednesday 21 July; 6:50am to 1:30pm on Tuesday 20 July; 5:55am to 4pm on Monday 19 July; 5:55am to 4:30pm on Sunday 18 July; 5:55am to 3:10pm on Saturday 17 July; 5:55am to 4:30pm on Friday 16 July; 7:30am to 9am on Thursday 15 July; 5:30pm to 6pm on Thursday 15 July; 10:30am to 11am on Wednesday 14 July; 8:10am to 8:20am on Tuesday 13 July; and/or 8:30am to 8:40am on Saturday 10 July are casual contacts.
  • People who visited the Choice Pharmacy Eastern Creek at 1:45pm to 2pm on Tuesday 13 July are casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Cincotta Chemist Auburn at 11am to 12pm on Friday 16 July are close contacts.
  • People who attended the Cincotta Chemist Merrylands at 8pm to 9pm on Thursday 15 July are close contacts.
  • People who attended the Chemist Warehouse Parramatta Westfield at 1:35pm to 1:55pm on Saturday 17 July are close contacts.
  • People who attended the Central Pharmacy Punchbowl at 5pm to 5:30pm on Friday 16 July are close contacts.
  • People who attended the Priceline Pharmacy Green Valley at 2pm to 2:15pm on Saturday 17 July are casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Valley Plaza in Green Valley (which includes a pharmacy) at 1:45pm to 3:30pm on Saturday 17 July and/or 3:45pm to 4:20pm on Friday 16 are casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Chemist Warehouse The Grove Liverpool at 5:20pm to 5:25pm on Saturday 17 July are casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Amcal Pharmacy Milperra at 12pm to 12:15pm on Friday 16 July are casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Chemist Warehouse Bankstown at 3:10pm to 3:20pm on Saturday 17 July are close contacts.
  • People who attended the Priceline Pharmacy Dapto at 2:15pm to 2:45pm on Friday 16 July are casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Priceline Pharmacy Merrylands at Stockland Merrylands at 2:50pm to 3:15pm on Thursday 15 July and/or 1pm to 2pm on Monday 12 July are casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Chemist Warehouse Parramatta on Church Street at 5pm to 5:45pm on Friday 16 July and/or 10:30am to 11:30am on Thursday 15 July are casual contacts.

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