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Which vaccines can I get from my community pharmacist?

Under NSW regulation and authorisation, NSW pharmacists who have undertaken appropriate training are able to administer privately funded diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (whooping cough) (dTpa) and measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccines to people aged 16 years and over and can administer privately funded influenza vaccine to people aged 10 years and over.

How can I find a pharmacy in my area that provides vaccination?

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

Can all pharmacists administer vaccines?

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

Can I get all vaccines from a pharmacist?

No. Pharmacists can only administer vaccines that are specified in the NSW regulation. These include adult vaccines that are privately purchased for:

  • Influenza
  • Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (dTpa)
  • Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR)

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. This vaccine is free for pregnant women from their GP or maternity service.

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

Anyone born during or since 1966 that does 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.

Is it safe to be vaccinated by a pharmacist?

Yes. Pharmacists 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 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 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. Pharmacists 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 at the pharmacy?

Vaccinating children can be more complex than adults and 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 council 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. Authorised pharmacists 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 and information in the AIR is accessible by authorised health professionals such as GPs, nurse immunisers and authorised pharmacists, as well as by individuals for their own records and those of their children. is accessible by authorised health professionals such as GPs, nurse immunisers and authorised pharmacists, as well as by individuals for their own records and those of their children.

How much will it cost to get vaccinated at a pharmacy?

The cost of each vaccine varies based on vaccine type and brand. There may also be a service charge applied by the pharmacist. You should discuss the cost of vaccination with the pharmacist prior to consenting to have the vaccine.

Why are the vaccinations not free?

Vaccinations that are funded by NSW Health or the National Immunisation Program are generally available for the most vulnerable and at risk individuals within the population including those with medical conditions. These 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 at a pharmacy?

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

Why can’t pharmacists give all vaccinations?

Pharmacists can only administer vaccines that are specified in the NSW regulation, and for which they have received specific training. This includes adult vaccines that are privately purchased for:

  • Influenza
  • Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (dTpa)
  • Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR).
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Page Updated: Thursday 5 March 2020
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