Taking part in vaccine rollout
Saturday, 6th February, 2021
By Myles Burt
The Federal Government has invited community pharmacies across the country to take part in administering the COVID-19 vaccine over the coming months.
An expressions of interest process has officially commenced February 1, for community pharmacies around Australia to participate in the Community Pharmacy COVID-19 Vaccination Program.
Co-partner Jason Harvey said Outback Pharmacies will be putting their hand up to volunteer in the national rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Mr Harvey said himself and staff are excited to have the opportunity to take part in the program.
“I guess the uptake of vaccine injections in whooping cough and tetanus over the last few years since pharmacists have been able to give them has shown that pharmacies really are a great port of call,” Mr Harvey said.
“We’re very easily accessible to the general public and it just means us being able to do it increases the overall uptake of those vaccines, that’s good for everyone.”
Mr Harvey said Outback Pharmacies are well equipped to deliver vaccines having administered 1,000 flu vaccines last year and have a large number of pharmacists who are qualified to give immunisations.
Mr Harvey hopes a lot of people will be lining up to get the COVID-19 vaccine, even whilst some locals have shown reluctance due to misconceptions about the vaccine on social media.
“Hopefully as we get more and more information about how effective there are going forward and how safe they are that more and more people will take it up,” Mr Harvey said.
“Really hoping that as many people take it up as they can, because the more people that get it, the chances are that we’ll be back to more of a normal life.”
Mr Harvey said community pharmacies will be allowed to administer COVID-19 vaccinations from about May depending on vaccine distribution, the type vaccines they’ll be getting, storage requirements and whether pharmacists will require additional training. Mr Harvey said their CP People’s Chemist on Argent Street will be renovated in March so that additional consulting rooms can be built to administer vaccine injections.
“At the moment we’ve only got one which is fine to give the flu injection, but I think we’re going to be inundated with COVID, flu and all other sorts of immunisations this year,” Mr Harvey said.