Pharmacists have been added to the skilled migrant list to boost vaccine rollout, government says
The Federal Minister for Immigration has announced that pharmacists have been included on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL), with the aim of “supporting Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout through skilled migration”.
Alex Hawke, the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, announced the inclusion of pharmacists on the PMSOL today (27 July).
“With thousands of community pharmacies across Australia being invited to join the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, it’s all hands to the pump as the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues,” Mr Hawke said.
“The Morrison Government will support pharmacies across Australia, including through skilled migration, as supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses increases over the coming weeks,” he added.
Speaking on radio this morning, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said “the opening up of the pharmacy program is continuing and expanding. We will have 251 pharmacies on board around Australia this week. That will increase shortly to 470, and over the course of August, over 3,900 pharmacies are qualified”.
A spokesperson for the Pharmacy Guild of Australia said the Guild was “examining the decision” to see what impact it would have on the pharmacy workforce.
The new inclusions on the list as announced by Mr Hawke are (including ANZSCO codes):
- Hospital Pharmacist (251511)
- Retail Pharmacist (251513)
- Industrial Pharmacist (251512)
This addition of three occupations brings the PMSOL to 44 in total. Priority visa processing will be given to those occupations on the PMSOL, Mr Hawke said.
Existing skilled migration occupation lists remain active, and all skilled migrants are subject to quarantine arrangements at their own expense.