Tassie pharmacies will finally join the COVID-19 vaccine rollout from next Monday, while Qld adds more pharmacies
Tasmanian community pharmacists are set to start administering COVID-19 vaccinations from next Monday 16 August.
Health Department secretary Kathrine Morgan-Wicks said selected pharmacies would offer both doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Tasmanians aged over 60 years.
She said pharmacies would “help fill the gap for that age group and the fact that state clinics have moved to Pfizer for dose one”.
“We are working with the Commonwealth to bring on more community pharmacies and we’ll look at an expansion of their age range and vaccine types as the rollout progresses,” said Ms Morgan-Wicks.
Tasmania will be one of the last Australian jurisdictions to see pharmacists deliver COVID-19 vaccinations.
Thirty-one state pharmacies have been approved by the federal government to administer vaccines.
Meanwhile 137 community pharmacies will be added to Queensland’s rollout from this week. These will be predominantly located in Central and North Queensland.
“Last week saw 113 metropolitan community pharmacies in South-East Queensland step out to fight the coronavirus pandemic by starting to administer COVID-19 vaccinations,” said Queensland Branch Acting President Chris Owen.
“This week, many more communities across Queensland will also benefit from being able to access COVID-19 vaccinations through their community pharmacies.
“The additional eligible community pharmacies are being on boarded and should have vaccine stock by the end of the week. This brings the total number of community pharmacies in Queensland offering the vaccine to over 700.”