According to data from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR), 1 million COVID-19 vaccines have now been administered by pharmacists since community pharmacists started administering vaccines.
PSA National President, A/Prof Chris Freeman, said that pharmacists are key to getting Australia’s vaccination rates over the line.
“Today, pharmacists have achieved yet another milestone in the vaccine rollout, administering more than 1 million COVID-19 vaccinations to Australians.
“Pharmacist immunisers have been the key to bolstering vaccination rates across the country, and community pharmacy has managed the surge in demand brilliantly. This patient-centric approach is evidently paying dividends, with states like NSW and ACT now within touching distance of life-after-lockdown.
“Just yesterday, almost 40,000 vaccines were administered by pharmacists, a staggering achievement. It is apparent that increased vaccine choice and greater accessibility is having a positive impact amongst the community.
“To all those pharmacists who have remained open beyond business hours and on weekends in order to vaccinate their communities, I thank you – but moreover, Australia thanks you.
“Local pharmacies have fridges full of both AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines, so I encourage all who remain unvaccinated to book in for their vaccination with their local pharmacist,” A/Prof Freeman said.
PSA is dedicated to supporting pharmacists in delivering all COVID-19 vaccines both safely and effectively to the public.
From October 1, national eligibility for Moderna was expanded to include those aged over 60 years, offering greater vaccine choice and access to mRNA through pharmacies.