As participating community pharmacies start administering Moderna’s COVID-19 jab, we’d like to know your thoughts on the rollout overall
It’s now been almost seven months since the first Pfizer vaccines landed in Australia, and aged care resident Jane Malysiak became the first Australian to be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.
Since then, a lot has happened. Advice on which age groups should be given the AstraZeneca vaccine changed, after reports of adverse events including several deaths from thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome linked to receiving the jab. Community pharmacies began vaccinating with the AstraZeneca vaccine, resulting in reports of huge demand from the general public.
The Government approved Moderna’s SPIKEVAX and, at the time of reporting, it was expected to begin arriving in participating pharmacies within the week, following changes in legislative frameworks to allow community pharmacists to administer it to adolescents aged 12 to 15.
And a hot topic right now is when, or whether, jurisdictions currently under lockdown in NSW, Victoria and the ACT will be loosening restrictions or opening up – and whether that will include people who have received both vaccinations.
We’d like to know what you think about the vaccine rollout. Do you agree with previous criticism that it has been a “strollout,” or that community pharmacists were unnecessarily sidelined? Or do you think governments have done a good job, including a range of vaccines from different access points? Tell us in our poll below, checking all answers you agree with – or tell us more in comments below.