A shot in the arm

Federal MP Alan Tudge visits a local pharmacy to receives his flu vaccination

Sizeable proportion of MPs put their arms on the line in support of pharmacist-administered vaccinations  

Almost one in five federal politicians have given the best possible support for expanded pharmacist practice and received a flu vaccination from a community pharmacist in their electorate.

More than 17% of federal MPs chose to receive a pharmacist-administered influenza vaccination, according to the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.

A spokesperson for the Guild said they believed 17 per cent was a “good result and a few more were still trickling in”.

“This was the first year of our push to invite MPs and Senators to get their flu vaccination at their local pharmacy – as it is the first year that all jurisdictions are up and running,” the spokesperson said, adding that the Guild will be trying to better that percentage in coming years.

“The availability of vaccination by pharmacists greatly assists the community’s access to protection against the flu where previously they may have not had accessibility or access was difficult and cumbersome,” the Guild said in a statement.

“In the short time that community pharmacists have been allowed to administer the vaccine there has been a high percentage of people being vaccinated for the first time and the convenience, affordability and ease of access to pharmacy flu vaccinations means more people are getting protect against this disease.

Consumers can be confident about getting their flu shots in a pharmacy as pharmacists giving the shot have to undergo special training”.

In response to a question from AJP, the Guild spokesperson said they did not have a party breakdown of the MPs who responded “as influenza vaccination is an individual choice, not a partisan contest!”  

All MPs and Senators were invited to take up the opportunity, the spokesperson said.  

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