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COVID-19 vaccine: Pharmacies to be first port of call

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Community pharmacists will be all that stands between Queenslanders and a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available.

It comes as Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced he had secured 25 million doses of the Oxford vaccine should it prove a success during its final phase of testing.

It’s said to be the best candidate for a vaccine, and at least 95 per cent of Australians will need to receive the jab for effective herd immunity.

For Queenslanders, getting vaccinated will be as easy as going to their local pharmacy.

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia Queensland president Professor Trent Twomey said community pharmacies would be proud to support Queenslanders and would do whatever they could to keep them safe and healthy, including injecting them with the potentially lifesaving vaccine.

“Queensland community pharmacist vaccinators are already trained to deliver vaccinations and are well placed to conveniently and safely rollout a COVID-19 vaccine when available,” Prof Twomey said.

“Community pharmacists are one of the most trusted primary healthcare professions, and Queenslanders are already regularly visiting their local pharmacy 18 times a year on average.

“Queensland pharmacist vaccinators are already leading the nation in immunisation provision, being able to provide the community with vaccinations against a range of bacterial and viral diseases, which is an integral part of communicable disease worldwide.

“The state’s vast network of almost 6000 community pharmacists stands ready to continue supporting Queenslanders on the frontline during the coronavirus pandemic by providing this lifesaving vaccine.”

It’s estimated 97 per cent of metropolitan Queenslanders live within 2.5km of their local pharmacy, and 65 per cent in regional areas.

“It makes sense for Queenslanders to be supported with safe and convenient access to the COVID-19 vaccine, when available,” Prof Twomey said.

Queensland chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said the Government would use the state’s enormous network of 1200 community pharmacies when a COVID-19 vaccine became available.

“It’s very important that when we do get a vaccine that everyone has access as quickly as possible, and it would be great for them to go to their community pharmacy. We’ll continue to work with The Pharmacy Guild to roll out a program in future,” she said.

It comes as pharmacists around Australia and New Zealand prepare to click on to a webinar with Professor Sarah Gilbert, the leading scientist behind the Oxford vaccine.

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