The President of the NSW Branch of the Pharmacy Guild, Paul Sinclair, today welcomed the announcement by the NSW Opposition that a Labor Government would move quickly to enable the administration of vaccinations to adults by pharmacists.
“Labor’s commitment to make the required regulatory changes by June this year if they win the State election in March is a welcome development, which adds to the growing support across Australia for this common sense enhancement to our national health system,” Mr Sinclair says.
“Comparable countries around the world already benefit from the capacity of pharmacists to administer vaccinations, and it is pleasing to see Australian States and Territories getting on board. Queensland, the Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia have led the way, and I believe there is now bi-partisan impetus to make this sensible move in our most populous State,” he says.
The NSW Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, has previously expressed in-principle support for pharmacist vaccinations, and has also supported other programs to expand community pharmacies’ contribution to the health system in NSW.
The Pharmacy Guild in NSW says it stands ready to implement pharmacist vaccinations through community pharmacy, having already developed the first nationally accredited training program for pharmacists to administer vaccinations.
“We are ready to go, and welcome this confirmation of support across the political spectrum for pharmacists to safely and efficiently administer vaccinations to adults in our State,” he said.