Two pharmacy organisations have launched a tool to help Australians find out when they can access the jab
The Australasian College of Pharmacy, in partnership with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch, today launched a nation-wide vaccination eligibility tool.
The tool is aimed at providing Australians with access to real time information about when they may be able to access their COVID-19 vaccination.
getmycovidvax.com.au is a simple digital tool where consumers answer a series of questions and are informed about which phase of the Federal Government’s COVID -19 National Vaccination rollout they may be able to receive their vaccine.
The College’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Dimitri Kopanakis, said the tool was created in partnership with the Guild to raise community awareness about the vaccine rollout phases and to ensure greater community confidence.
“Pharmacists work each and every day supporting their local communities,” he said.
“This eligibility tool is yet another way of educating the community, and supporting pharmacists, by providing Australians with clear and concise information.
“The College is proud to continue being on the forefront of pharmacist and health professional education since 1980.
“We’re proud of our innovative education offerings, and in 2020 hosted a live clinical webinar for more than 1,000 pharmacists to hear from Professor Sarah Gilbert, the vaccinologist lead on the University of Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine development team.”
“The eligibility tool is another way the College is able to provide an educational tool. The tool free-of-charge and will notify Australians of any changes to the rollout schedule.”
Key features of the eligibility tool include informing users of their phase of the vaccine rollout, a ‘push’ feature keeping Australians updated to any changes to their eligibility, and a reminder when their phase is commencing.
Once Phase 2A (which will see community pharmacists able to administer the vaccine) commences, the tool will also assist in providing information to patients on obtaining their vaccination, including how to make an appointment.
The two stakeholders say this latest project builds on their long-standing relationship and practical support for the industry.
Guild Queensland Branch President Professor Trent Twomey said he was pleased to partner with the College to develop the eligibility tool and continue to support local communities.
“Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, community pharmacies have been at the forefront supporting Australian patients,” he said.
“As we move forward, we’ll continue to be on the frontline and join the nationwide effort to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to millions of Australians from phase 2A of the rollout and provide patients with the tools and resources to ensure they remain up to date with the latest information.
“For several years community pharmacies across Australia have been safely and intimately involved in the rollout of critical vaccination programs. The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine is the most important health initiative in our generation.
“Australia is one of the most decentralised nations in the world, which is why the Federal and State Governments should be commended for ensuring that as primary healthcare providers, community pharmacies are part of the vaccination rollout from phase 2A.
“Not all Australians living in regional and remote areas may have access to a GP to get access to vaccinations, which is why it is so critical that all primary healthcare professionals are involved and access to the COVID-19 vaccine is as broad as possible,” said Prof Twomey.