Long lines for AZ jab, tough conditions for pharmacists


Queue of people in the street waiting outside Priceline Pharmacy
Image courtesy David Heffernan via Twitter.

The public in red zones are embracing pharmacy vaccination against COVID-19 – but pharmacists and staff are facing grim conditions

Another thousand pharmacies are expected to receive their COVID-19 vaccination onboarding packages on Monday (2 August), says Pharmacy Guild NSW president David Heffernan, who has lauded the pharmacists in locked-down Sydney Local Government Areas already administering the jab.

On Sunday he tweeted an image of a long line of customers patiently waiting outside a Priceline Pharmacy in the city’s south-west, saying the “picture says it all”.

“Cabramatta pharmacy 9.30 this morning,” Mr Heffernan wrote.

“All ages lining up for AZ.

“Community pharmacies break through language, cultural, hesitancy and distance barriers.”

 

Mr Heffernan told the AJP that he was “enormously impressed and proud of the reaction of the pharmacists in south-western Sydney, and the uptake of the vaccine”.

He cited the example of one south-western Sydney pharmacy where last Monday (26 July) about 20 vaccines were able to be administered by closing time – but demand ramped up on Tuesday, with the pharmacy out of stock again by Thursday.

“However [community pharmacies] are still enduring onerous conditions, with the public distancing requirements and the compliance measures NSW Health has imposed on all businesses, not just pharmacy. And it’s not just community pharmacy – all health people are suffering these workforce limitations.

“Under these conditions, once they become a close contact some pharmacies have had to close their doors and just do phone orders and deliveries only.

“And they can’t vaccinate if they have to shut their doors – despite NSW Health pleading and asking people not to come in with symptoms.

“And if you’re asymptomatic and you don’t know you’ve got it, you might be going in for a vaccine and all of a sudden the person giving a vaccine is a close contact.

“We could suffer a workforce crisis.”

He said that the good news was that about 1,000 pharmacies – “the majority in Sydney but also in Queensland, in the Brisbane lockdown areas” – should be able to start vaccinating with AstraZeneca shortly.

“They should be getting their onboarding pack, and we’ll be asking them to reply as soon as possible to the Department [of Health], in order to ensure that they get the vaccine,” Mr Heffernan said, adding that the Pharmacy Guild is doing all it can to support pharmacies under “tough conditions”.

“If they order, we were told verbally, by the close of business tomorrow [Tuesday] it should get there by Friday.”

Since 27 July 2021, the following pharmacies have been added to the NSW Health watch list for COVID-19:

  • People who attended the Chemist Warehouse Burwood at 5:25pm to 5:30pm on Wednesday 28 July are considered close contacts.
  • People who attended the Priceline Pharmacy Macquarie Park at 1:10pm to 1:25pm on Friday 23 July are considered casual contacts.
  • People who attended Astley Pharmacy and Mobility at St Marys at 11am to 11:30am on Saturday 31 July; 1:30pm to 2pm on Thursday 29 July; 5:25pm to 5:35pm on Sunday 18 July; and/or 11am to 11:15am on Wednesday 14 July are considered casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Priceline Pharmacy Bankstown at 12:45pm to 1:05pm on Wednesday 28 July are considered casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Cincotta Chemist Campsie at 4:40pm to 5:15pm on Friday 30 July and/or 3:45pm to 3:50pm on Thursday 22 July are considered casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Alan Lo Chemist at 4:30pm to 4:40pm on Sunday 25 July are considered close contacts.
  • People who attended the Priceline Pharmacy Casula at 8:30am to 8:50am on Tuesday 27 July are considered close contacts.
  • People who attended the Chemist Warehouse Lakemba at 4pm to 10pm on Monday 19 July; 3:10pm to 3:25pm on Monday 19 July 2021; and/or 4:20pm to 4:40pm on Saturday 17 July are considered close contacts.
  • People who attended the Chemist Warehouse Strathfield Plaza at 1:55pm to 2:10pm on Tuesday 27 July are considered close contacts.
  • People who attended the Auburn Central Shopping Centre, which includes a pharmacy, at 1:50pm to 3:25pm on Sunday 25 July and/or 2:25pm to 4:05pm on Saturday 17 July are casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Chemist Warehouse Casula at 3:50pm to 4:20pm on Saturday 24 July and/or 4:20pm to 4:45pm on Monday 19 July are casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Priceline Pharmacy Lidcombe at 3:55pm to 4:05pm on Saturday 24 July; 12pm (noon) to 12:10pm on Saturday 24 July and/or 11:45am to 12pm (noon) on Thursday 22 July are casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Pharmasave Murrays Pharmacy in Liverpool at 10:25am to 10:40am on Friday 23 July are casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Amcal Pharmacy Milperra at 1:35am to 1:40am on Tuesday 27 July and/or 12pm (noon) to 12:15pm on Friday 16 July are casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Pharmacy 4 Less Bankstown at 7pm to 8pm on Sunday 25 July and/or 12:40pm to 12:50pm on Friday 23 July are casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Chemist Discount Centre Bass Hill at 5pm to 5:30pm on Tuesday 27 July are casual contacts.
  • People who attended the Canley Heights Pharmacy at 12pm (noon) to 12:44pm on Saturday 24 July are casual contacts.

Meanwhile in Queensland, pharmacies have also been added to the list of COVID-19 exposure sites.

  • People attending the Chemist Warehouse Oxley between 9.10am and 9.30am, on Sunday 25 July, are considered to be close contacts.
  • People attending the Terry White Chemmart Jindalee from 3pm to 3.20pm on Thursday, 29 July are considered to be close contacts.
  • People attending the Chemist Warehouse Virginia from 1.09pm to 1.20pm are casual contacts.

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