Pharmacy hits one million milestone

Pharmacists have administered over one million influenza vaccines to Australians, according to data from the Australian Immunisation Register

As of Sunday 18 July, pharmacists have administered over one million influenza vaccines to Australians based on data from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR), the PSA has announced.

PSA National President Chris Freeman commended pharmacists for helping Australians consistently achieve high influenza vaccination rates.

“Year-on-year local pharmacists are continuing to make a significant contribution to immunisation against seasonal influenza, protecting their communities against this potentially deadly disease,” said A/Prof Freeman.

“Recent data from the AIR shows that pharmacist-administered flu vaccinations have now surpassed the one million mark since the start of this season. I know how grateful the public is to conveniently receive their vaccination from their local pharmacist.

“It’s not too late to get your flu vaccination from your local pharmacist, particularly as we come into our second traditional peak for the season.”

A/Prof Freeman went on to renew calls for nationwide pharmacist involvement in the COVID-19 vaccination strategy.

“This data from the AIR is indicative of the impact that local pharmacists can have on achieving national immunity and provides concrete justification that community pharmacist involvement will expedite completion of the vaccine rollout,” he said.

“All Australians should have the option to go to their local pharmacist for their recommended vaccine because it is so easy and convenient to do so.”

Reporting of vaccinations to AIR by all providers became mandatory for all COVID-19 and influenza vaccines from 1 March 2021, and for all other vaccines funded on the National Immunisation Program from 1 July 2021.

However a survey conducted mid-last year found 82% of vaccines administered by pharmacists were recorded in the AIR, with the authors adding this was likely to overestimate true reporting rates.

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