Pollies line up for community pharmacy shots


Victorian Senator Bridget McKenzie receives her flu vaccination at TerryWhiteChemmart Wodonga.
Victorian Senator Bridget McKenzie receives her flu vaccination at TerryWhiteChemmart Wodonga.

Deputy Leader of the Nationals Bridget McKenzie and Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy both received their flu vaccination from pharmacists in the past week

Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessey, who is also Minister for Ambulance Services, received her flu shot last Thursday at The Circle Pharmacy in Altona, Victoria.

Pharmacist and proprietor Zoe Escott said having Minister Hennessey as a flu vaccination recipient sent an important message to the community.

“Last year it was estimated that about 250,000 people were infected with the flu. Around 18,000 Australians are hospitalised due to the flu each year with 3,000 dying. Everyone needs the protection of a flu shot,” said Ms Escott.

“The community needs to remember that when they protect themselves they also help to protect the community by stopping the spread of the virus.”

Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessey received her flu shot at The Circle Pharmacy in Altona, Victoria.
Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessey received her flu shot at The Circle Pharmacy in Altona, Victoria.

And on Friday Victorian Senator Bridget McKenzie, the Deputy Leader of the Nationals and Minister for Rural Health, had her flu vaccination administered by a local community pharmacist, at TerryWhite Chemmart Wodonga.

“This demonstrates the ease of access to vaccinations through pharmacies, making it that much simpler for anyone to get their flu shot,” said pharmacist and proprietor Jim Cominos.

Federal Labor MP for Lyons Brian Mitchell receives his flu vaccination.

“For some patients it may be easier and more convenient receiving their flu vaccination from their local pharmacy.”

Mr Cominos stressed that pharmacists giving the shot had to undergo special training.

“This ensures we have the knowledge and skills to both deliver the vaccine safely and effectively, as well as being able to identify and treat any possible side effects,” he said.

Federal Labor MP for Lyons Brian Mitchell received his flu vaccination from pharmacist Janet Tyquin at Central Highlands Pharmacy in Bothwell.

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