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Which vaccines can I get from my pharmacist vaccinator?

Under NSW regulation and authorisation, NSW pharmacists who have undertaken appropriate training are able to administer the following vaccines. Some vaccines are privately funded and some are provided free under the National Immunisation Program* for certain age groups. Eligibility for free vaccines should be discussed with the pharmacist prior to vaccination:

  • diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (whooping cough) (dTpa) vaccines to people 12 years and over.
  • measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccines to people 12 years and over.
  • influenza vaccine to people 5 years and over.
  • human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines to people 12 years and over.
  • meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY) vaccines to people 14 years and over.

* For vaccines provided free by the Australian Government under the National Immunisation Program (NIP), the pharmacist immuniser must advise patients if there is an administration fee prior to vaccination. NIP vaccines continue to be available through your general practitioner.

Pharmacist immunisers who are approved as a COVID-19 vaccination provider, under the Australian Department of Health COVID-19 vaccine program, may also administer the COVID-19 vaccines:

  • Vaxzevria ('AstraZeneca vaccine') to people aged 18 years and over.
  • Comirnaty ('Pfizer vaccine' 12 years and over formulation) to people aged 12 years and over.
  • Comirnaty ('Pfizer vaccine' 5 – 11 years of age formulation) to people aged 5-11 years.
  • Spikevax ('Moderna vaccine') to people aged 6 years and over. Spikevax ('Moderna vaccine') uses half the adult dose for children aged 6-11 years.
  • Nuvaxovid ('Novavax vaccine') to people aged 18 and over.

How can I find a pharmacist in my area that provides vaccinations?

Follow the link on the Pharmacy Guild of Australia website to find a pharmacy that provides vaccination or contact your local pharmacy.

Pharmacies participating in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout can also be found using the Australian Government COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Finder.

Can all pharmacists administer vaccinations?

No. Only pharmacists that have undertaken an approved immunisation course and whose practice meets the new NSW Pharmacy Vaccination Standards are authorised to administer the specified vaccines.

Additional training is required for the supply and administration of all COVID-19 vaccines. Details of the additional training required is also listed in the NSW Pharmacy Vaccination Standards.

Can I get all vaccines from a pharmacist?

No. Pharmacists immunisers can only administer vaccines that are specified in the NSW Pharmacist Vaccine Authority and the NSW Pharmacist Vaccination Standards. These include vaccines that are privately purchased for:

  • influenza
  • diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (dTpa)
  • measles-mumps-rubella (MMR)
  • human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY)

And vaccines provided free under the National Immunisation Program (NIP):

  • influenza for those 65 years and over
  • diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (dTpa) for 12-19 years
  • human papillomavirus (HPV) for 12-19 years
  • meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY) for 14-19 years

The NIP vaccine is free. However you may be charged an administration fee. Please discuss this cost with your pharmacist prior to vaccination.

COVID-19 Vaccines – these are provided free by the Australian Government and you will not be charged for the vaccine or an administration/consultation fee:

  • Vaxzevria ('AstraZeneca vaccine')
  • Comirnaty ('Pfizer vaccine' 12 years and over formulation)
  • Comirnaty (‘Pfizer vaccine’ 5 – 11 years of age formulation)
  • Spikevax ('Moderna vaccine')
  • Nuvaxovid (Novavax vaccine'

Who should receive diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (dTpa)?

The diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine is recommended for anyone who wishes to protect themselves against these diseases. Booster doses should be received every 10 years. It is particularly important for healthcare workers and anyone who will be having contact with newborn babies to ensure that they receive the booster vaccine against whooping cough. This includes partners of pregnant women, grandparents, extended family and friends. Women should have a whooping cough vaccine during each pregnancy, usually given at 28 weeks gestation but it can be received any time between 20-32 weeks. The vaccine is also available for individuals aged 12 – 19 years who did not receive their dTpa vaccine through the school program or where the person/parent/guardian choose to receive the vaccine from their pharmacist instead.

Who should receive measles-mumps-rubella (MMR)?

Anyone born during or since 1966 who do not have documentation of two doses of measles vaccine is recommended to receive this vaccine, particularly young adult travellers who may be visiting countries where measles continues to circulate, such as most countries in Asia and many in Europe.

Who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccines in a pharmacy?

An individual who:

  • is currently well
  • has not had anaphylaxis to another vaccine or medication
  • does not have a bleeding disorder
  • does not have a weakened immune system
  • for Vaxzevria ('AstraZeneca vaccine') is aged 18 years and over
  • for Comirnaty ('Pfizer vaccine') is aged 5 years and over
  • for Spikevax ('Moderna vaccine') is aged 6 years and over
  • for Nuvaxovid ('Novavax vaccine') is aged 18 years and over

There are other precautions and contraindications that may require assessment by a medical practitioner prior to vaccination. More information is available on the Australian Government Department of Health website for Vaxzevria ('AstraZeneca vaccine'), Comirnaty ('Pfizer vaccine'), Spikevax ('Moderna vaccine') and Nuvaxovid ('Novavax vaccine').

Who is eligible to receive a free influenza vaccine in a pharmacy?

Any individual aged 65 years and over and who:

  • is currently well, and
  • has not had anaphylaxis to another vaccine or medicine

*Please note the vaccine is free, but you may be charged an administration fee. It is recommended that you call your pharmacy and check that they have vaccine available.

Who is eligible for a free Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (dTpa) vaccine in a pharmacy?

An individual aged 12 – 19 years who did not receive their dTpa vaccine through the school program or where the person/parent/guardian choose to receive the vaccine from their pharmacist instead. The individual must:

  • be currently well, and
  • not have had anaphylaxis to another vaccine or medicine

*Please note the vaccine is free, but you may be charged an administration fee. Please discuss this cost with your pharmacist prior to vaccination. It is recommended that you call your pharmacy and check that they have the vaccine available.

Who is eligible for a free Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in a pharmacy?

An individual aged 12 – 19 years who did not receive their HPV vaccine through the school program or the person/parent/guardian chooses to receive the vaccine from their pharmacist. The individual must:

  • be currently well, and
  • not have had anaphylaxis to another vaccine or medicine

*Please note the vaccine is free, but you may be charged an administration fee. Please discuss this cost with your pharmacist prior to vaccination. It is recommended that you call your pharmacy and check that they have the vaccine available.

Who is eligible for a free Meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY) vaccine in a pharmacy?

An individual aged 14 – 19 years who did not receive their MenACWY vaccine through the school program or where the person/parent/guardian choose to receive the vaccine from their pharmacist. The individual must:

  • be currently well, and
  • not have had anaphylaxis to another vaccine or medicine

*Please note the vaccine is free, but you may be charged an administration fee. Please discuss this cost with your pharmacist prior to vaccination. It is recommended that you call your pharmacy and check that they have the vaccine available.

Is it safe to be vaccinated by a pharmacist immuniser?

Yes. Pharmacist immunisers are required to complete a comprehensive training program which includes conducting a pre-vaccination assessment and management of any adverse event that may occur after vaccination. Pharmacists immunisers in NSW have been safely administering influenza vaccines since 2015 and no safety concerns have been identified.

Can a 16 year old consent to vaccination?

Yes. However, the pharmacist immuniser can only administer the vaccine if they are certain that the person understands what they are consenting to. The pharmacist must perform a pre-vaccination assessment before administering any vaccine.

Can a 10 year old consent to vaccination?

No. Pharmacist immunisers should ensure that they have a process in place to manage unaccompanied minors who may present for vaccination without a parent or guardian to provide consent.

Why can’t I get my child vaccinated by a pharmacist immunisers for all the other vaccines?

Vaccinating children can be more complex than adults as they often require a number of vaccines at the same time. Most vaccines that are required by children are available for free through either a state funded program or the National Immunisation Program. These free vaccines are available from GPs, some councils or Community Health clinics and Aboriginal Medical Services. When receiving these vaccines your child will also likely receive medical assessment appropriate to their developmental milestones.

Is it my responsibility to tell my GP that I have received a vaccine from a pharmacist?

No. Pharmacists immunisers are required to report all vaccinations given to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). The AIR is a national register that records vaccines given to all people of all ages. The AIR is accessible by authorised health professionals such as GPs, nurse/midwife immunisers and pharmacist immunisers, as well as by individuals for their own records and those of their children.

How much will it cost to get vaccinated by a pharmacist immuniser?

The cost of each vaccine varies based on vaccine type and brand. There may also be an administration fee charged by the pharmacist immuniser. You should discuss the cost of vaccination with the pharmacist immuniser prior to consenting to have the vaccine.

Whilst some vaccines are provided free, you may be charged an administration fee by the pharmacist immuniser.

COVID-19 vaccines are provided free by the Australian Government and you will not be charged for the vaccine or an administration/consultation fee.

Why aren't all vaccines free?

Vaccinations that are provided free by NSW Health or the National Immunisation Program (NIP) are generally available for the most vulnerable and at-risk individuals within the community including those with medical conditions. Some free NIP vaccines are available from pharmacist immunisers, and all funded vaccines are available for free from GPs, some council or Community Health clinics and Aboriginal Medical Services. Individuals receiving these vaccines will usually receive a health assessment at the same visit.

How will my GP have a record of any vaccinations I receive from a pharmacist immuniser?

Your GP will be able to look up your vaccination record on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). The AIR is a national register that records vaccines given to all people of all ages. Information in the AIR is accessible by authorised health professionals such as GPs, nurse/midwife immunisers and pharmacist immunisers, as well as by individuals for their own records and those of their children.

Are pharmacist immunisers able to administer vaccines outside of the retail pharmacy?

Yes. Pharmacist immunisers can administer vaccinations in the following locations:

  • retail community pharmacy
  • general practice
  • Aboriginal medical service
  • local council clinic
  • private hospital
  • public hospital and health service
  • community health centre
  • residential care facility
  • staff occupational health clinic
  • Royal Flying Doctors Service
  • a patient’s private home
  • Public, Private and Independent schools
  • a premises where services are provided to:
    • homeless persons
    • persons with a disability
    • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) populations
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Persons
    • refugees.

Current as at: Thursday 9 June 2022
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