ACT community pharmacists have been given the green light to administer flu vaccinations to their patients in time for the upcoming flu season.
The President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia ACT Branch, Amanda Galbraith, says the ACT Government’s decision will help to protect residents of the Territory from the debilitating disease.
“The decision will make a big difference to consumers seeking to be immunised, and the accessibility and convenience of community pharmacies has been shown to lift the immunisation rate among consumers,” Galbraith says.
“The Pharmacy Guild has worked hard to ensure that this service is ready for consumers and we have developed appropriate and targeted training so that all pharmacists delivering vaccinations will have expertise in the procedure.
“The ACT decision brings Australia one step closer to the pharmacy vaccination practices of international jurisdictions such as the UK, US and Canada.
“Victoria is the only Australian jurisdiction yet to finalise procedures for pharmacists to deliver vaccinations, but we believe progress is imminent in that State.”
Galbraith says the ACT Government has made a timely decision in light of the coming flu season.
“This is a big win for ACT consumers and I would like to personally thank the new ACT Assistant Minister for Health, Ms Meegan Fitzharris MLA, who has been very involved in this issue and whose commitment to better health outcomes for all people in the ACT has been a driving factor behind this common sense decision,” she says.
The PSA also welcomed the decision.
“Pharmacist-delivered vaccination is a positive development for health delivery and will help to vaccinate cohorts of the community who previously would not have been vaccinated,” PSA ACT Branch President Pat Reid says.
PSA vaccination training courses have already been held across the ACT, with almost 50 pharmacists undergoing training.