Grocery hour for essential health workers


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Pharmacists are among the health professionals who will be able to take advantage of a Coles dedicated shopping time slot

On Tuesday Coles announced that it is dedicating two Community Hour shopping periods per week to emergency services and healthcare workers as they “are essential to protecting the community during the COVID-19 pandemic”.

Starting this Thursday 26 March, the first hour of trade on Tuesdays and Thursdays will be for emergency services and healthcare workers.

A statement from Coles said this group includes doctors, nurses, paramedics, hospital and ambulance staff, police, firefighters and emergency service workers who hold an AHPRA card, have a workplace ID or are wearing their work uniform.

A Coles spokesperson confirmed to the AJP that pharmacists, as part of a regulated health care profession, will be among this group and will be able to shop at this hour.

Pharmacy assistants may be able to do so if they can produce a work ID or attend in uniform, the spokesperson said.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday Coles Community Hours will continue to be dedicated to vulnerable and elderly customers who hold a government-issued Pensioner Concession Card, Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, Companion Card, Seniors Card, Disability Card and Health Care Card

Coles Group CEO Steven Cain said that “In the past week we have seen Community Hour help vulnerable and elderly Australians access essential grocery items during this challenging time. We are now extending this opportunity to those Australians who are protecting our community and keeping us safe. 

“We know these workers are incredibly busy and hope that providing them with a dedicated hour at the beginning of the day to shop will make their lives a little easier and support the vital work they are doing every day.”

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