Getting vaccinated is as easy as dropping in
to your local chemist shop under changes coming in from January
Trained pharmacists across NSW will
join GPs and accredited nurse immunisers in now being able to give a range of injections, including for measles and whooping
cough, for anyone over the
age of 16.
“People will have more choice when it comes to vaccination, and whether
you live in regional NSW or the city, that’s a good thing,” Mr Barilaro said.
“In regional and remote parts of NSW, it can be hard to
access a GP. That’s why having the
option of a trained
pharmacist makes things so
Trained pharmacist vaccinators can
now give both the
diphtheria, tetanus and whooping
cough combination vaccine and the
measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
vaccine, in addition to the flu vaccine, to people
Vaccinations are administered in a private room on the pharmacy premises,
with trained pharmacists conducting pre-jab assessments to assess current
health status. Once administered, the shots are reported to the Australian
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the record high rates of vaccination in
NSW is a great public health achievement.
“Now, with this additional
range of vaccinations available from
pharmacists, we want to encourage
new grandparents, carers of infants,
and partners of pregnant
women to get vaccinated to ensure they don’t
catch whooping cough and
pass it on to their babies,”
Mr Hazzard said.
NSW has achieved its highest vaccination
rates ever and is spending a record $22.75 million in
2018-19 on state-wide immunisation programs.
People eligible for free government-funded vaccines, including children
under five, Aboriginal people, those with chronic illnesses, pregnant women and people over 65 will still need to
access these vaccines via their GP, so they can get a health assessment at the same time.