Guild in vaccine partnership

MGA Independent Retailers and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia have announced an industry association partnership

The partnership provides MGA TMA members access to the Guild Corporate COVID-19 vaccination program.

The program will allow for immediate access to vaccinations for MGA members and their employees through more than 3,600 pharmacy locations across Australia.

The Guild Corporate Vaccination Program provides another pathway for essential small business owners to get vaccinated, at a place and time convenient to them. 

Mr Jos de Bruin, CEO from MGA TMA, has welcomed the partnership which adds another option for MGA TMA members in their efforts to get their workforces vaccinated.

MGA TMA says it recognises the importance in providing a safe retail environment for our members, their staff and customers in supermarkets, liquor, and timber and hardware businesses around the country.

It says it strongly encourages members and their staff to consider participating in the vaccination scheme with their local pharmacy.

National President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Adjunct Professor Trent Twomey, welcomed the partnership with MGA Independent Retailers to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to their members through a personalised booking platform.

“For many years now, Community Pharmacy has operated a successful nationwide workplace vaccination service delivering influenza vaccines under the banner of Guild Corporate Health. We’re proud to incorporate COVID-19 vaccinations into this service and partner with MGA Independent Retailers,” Mr Twomey said.

The Pharmacy Guild says it looks forward to working with MGA Independent Retailers on this initiative, supporting small business owners as they continue to deliver services to their communities every day. 

Meanwhile Master Builders Australia has launched a new partnership with the Guild to boost vaccinations in the building and construction industry.

“The involvement of community pharmacies is going to be a major boost to Master Builders Australia’s national ‘Let’s Get The Jab, Let’s Get It Done’ campaign to boost the vaccination rate among builders and tradies around the country,” Denita Wawn, CEO of Master Builders Australia.

“The partnership involves the promotion by Master Builders of the Pharmacy Guild’s online portal and accompanying QR code to the building and construction industry. The Pharmacy Guild’s portal means that builders and tradies can book a vaccine appointment at a community pharmacy that’s local to them literally within minutes,” she said.

“This will make getting the jab easier for builders and tradies and allow Master Builders to gauge the number of people in the industry receiving the vaccination in aggregate terms and in compliance with private legislation.

“Getting the jab is the only way to open up the country and end the lockdowns which are having such a toxic effect on our industry, the economy and the community but our research has found that we need to make it easier for builders and tradies.

“Many builders and tradies, particularly males under 40, are holding back on getting the jab because they do not believe that Premiers and Chief Ministers will keep their promise and open up when vaccination rates reach 70% and 80% and because they think they erroneously believe that the virus poses no physical threat to them.

“However, they are willing to get the jab to stop the lockdowns and open the country as outlined in National Cabinet’s national plan if the process is made easier and that’s where community pharmacies come in.

“Our partnership with the Pharmacy Guild is an outstanding and leading example of the business community working together to boost vaccinations so that we can all return safely to our normal working and private lives, providing that our state and territory leaders keep their promise to open up at 70% and 80%,” Denita Wawn said.

National President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Trent Twomey, welcomed the partnership with Master Builders Australia to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to their members through a personalised booking platform.

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