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Pharmacists to administer first doses of Moderna

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) welcomes the Prime Minister’s announcement that pharmacists will be among the first to administer initial doses of the Moderna vaccine.

On Monday, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) provisionally approved use of use of the Moderna vaccine, with the Morrison Government confirming that the first doses will be distributed to approved community pharmacies.

PSA National President, A/Prof Chris Freeman, welcomed the news and called for further improvements to vaccine access.

“PSA commends the Government’s announcement that pharmacists will be prioritised in the rollout of Moderna planned for September.

“Whilst this is welcomed news for Australians, it is important that governments continue to expand access to vaccines. This includes allowing pharmacists to administer all COVID19 vaccines where supply is available.

“In order to ensure we achieve high rates of vaccination and overcome vaccine hesitancy, we must utilise all pharmacists, all TGA-approved vaccines, and all practice settings.

“Pharmacists are one of our most accessible frontline health workforces and community pharmacies are open beyond business hours and on weekends. Pharmacists must play a key role for Australia to complete this vaccine rollout,” A/Prof Freeman concluded.

PSA is dedicated to supporting pharmacists in delivering all COVID-19 vaccines both safely and effectively to the public, and pharmacists remain committed to support the strategy wherever possible.