COVID-19 has provided a key opportunity to gather insights into patients’ thoughts on vaccination
A group of pharmacy academics and PhD students from the University of South Australia are exploring the attitudes of community pharmacy clients on getting COVID-19 vaccinations at their community pharmacies.
Dr Vijay Suppiah, senior lecturer in pharmacy at the Australian Centre for Precision Health, University of South Australia, said that the group is currently recruiting COVID-19 vaccinating community pharmacies to take part in the study.
“We hope that our study will provide data from a consumer perspective to the evolving discussion around expansion of in-pharmacy vaccination services including funding under the National Immunisation Program,” he told the AJP.
“COVID-19 has given us a unique opportunity to gather this data (which would otherwise be anecdotal) to understand consumer attitudes and acceptance of vaccination from community pharmacists.”
The team have designed an anonymous survey which clients could do while being monitored for 15 minutes post vaccination.
“All participating pharmacies would have to display the study poster in their observation rooms where vaccinated clients are going to be observed for 15 minutes,” said Dr Suppiah.
“The survey has been designed in such a way that it should not take more than seven minutes.
“We would like vaccinators to point out the poster and inform their clients that they can take part in a survey about COVID-19 vaccinations in community pharmacies by scanning the QR code.
“There are a few questions about why they have elected to get their COVID-19 vaccination at their community pharmacy.
“This is the only study that we know of globally that is interested in exploring the attitudes of community pharmacy clients receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations at their community pharmacies,” he said.
The researchers are interested in sharing their findings with pharmacy stakeholder groups in advancing the expansion of vaccination services in the future.
“Pharmacists provide a lot of professional services but they do not get sufficient reimbursement,” Dr Suppiah said.
“It’s about time we as a profession gather data to advance our professional services.”
Interested pharmacists can contact Dr Suppiah at Vijay.firstname.lastname@example.org.