The Prime Minister has pointed out the importance of community pharmacies in providing vaccination against COVID-19
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia says that it warmly welcomes personal encouragement from Prime Minister Scott Morrison to expand the Covid-19 vaccination rollout through pharmacies across the nation.
Guild National President, Adjunct Professor Trent Twomey, confirmed that more than 3,500 pharmacies are coming on board with the national vaccination program.
A total of 2,593 pharmacies are administering vaccinations as at Thursday, and this figure is set to move quickly past 3,500 in coming days.
The Prime Minister indicated that he was optimistic that with the strong contribution through community pharmacists, Australia is moving quickly towards targets of 70% and 80% full vaccination.
He was speaking with nearly 2,000 pharmacists as a guest on a Guild webinar.
Mr Morrison revealed Australia has reached a point where per capita vaccinations in recent weeks are consistently exceeding the best weeks recorded across the United States and United Kingdom.
He said he expected the acceleration of Australia’s rollout would mean all Australians wanting vaccination will have their first dose before Christmas.
“Pharmacies have become an integral part of our vaccination rollout,” the Prime Minister said.
From mid-September, suitable pharmacies will also be invited to participate in rollout of the Moderna vaccine.
Mr Twomey said pharmacies are taking a frontline role, offering safe, efficient vaccinations through booking on the Find A Pharmacy website or for walk-in patients, with little or no delay.
He urged National Cabinet to study inconsistencies between States and Territories ranging from opening hours to the definition of casual or close contact.
On Thursday, the Prime Minister underlined the Government’s plan to “open up” the country as vaccination targets are met.
He said that on Wednesday, “335,420 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered here in Australia. Another record day”.
At the conference Health Minister Greg Hunt noted that to date, 18 million doses have been delivered.
“Very significantly, what we’ve seen is 6.7 million doses in 30 days—Melbourne, Adelaide, Wollongong in 30 days.
“We’re closing on 10 million primary care doses—our GPs, our pharmacists, our Indigenous medical services, they’re doing an amazing job, and I want to thank them in particular. They have worked tirelessly,” he said.