Over 80 additional Queensland pharmacies set to become COVID-19 vaccination sites, state government announces
The Queensland government announced this week that an additional 82 pharmacies in the state would begin offering free COVID-19 vaccinations to members of the community from late July.
Up to a further 186 community pharmacies, that are already approved through the Federal Government’s EOI Process, are also set join the State’s COVID vaccination rollout, beginning in August.
The announcement was welcomed by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (Queensland). The Guild’s acting state president, Chris Owen, said “we’re delighted to see the rollout being extended to include more pharmacies, which is vital for regional and rural communities that don’t have access to doctor surgeries or vaccination hubs.”
The additional pharmacies were located in outer-metro, rural and regional areas, and join the initial batch of 49 community pharmacies already vaccinating against COVID-19 since June.
“Although at the end of this month 131 community pharmacies will be offering this choice to Queenslanders, more needs to be done,” Mr Owen said.
“There’s no reason for the other 521 community pharmacies in Queensland that have already been assessed as suitable by the Commonwealth not to be included in the rollout immediately.”
“Given the need to vaccinate as many Queenslanders as quickly as possible, and the decentralised nature of our state, it is imperative that these community pharmacies are brought online, not only in rural and remote areas of the state but also within the urban centres,” he said.