SA amends pharmacists flu jab restrictions.
Pharmacists in South Australia will be able to administer influenza vaccinations to patients aged 10 years and older, under measures announced today.
Speaking in the State Parliament this week, South Australian Health Minister, Steven Wade, announced plans to increase vaccine uptake in the face of the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, which included reducing aged restrictions on pharmacist administered vaccines and a program to immunise homeless patients.
Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) South Australia and Northern Territory Branch President, Robyn Johns, welcomed the State Government’s decision to extend pharmacists’ scope of practice.
“Last year we saw South Australia hit by one of the worst flu seasons on record and the best way to protect our community in the future is through immunisation,” she said.
“The more barriers we can remove to people getting vaccinated the better. The goal is herd immunity, having as many members of our community protected from infectious diseases like the flu as possible.
“Research shows consumers find pharmacies highly accessible because there is usually one in our neighbourhood or nearby and they are generally open longer hours than other primary health care services.
“Pharmacists already provide a range of vaccinations including flu vaccinations for South Australians 16 years and over. Now, pharmacists can extend this proven, safe service to children 10 years of age and above.”
Johns said the move would bring the State in line with other jurisdictions around the country, and boost immunisation rates.
She added the PSA would continue advocate for a national approach to pharmacist administered vaccinations to reduce confusion, ensure better access for patients to quality vaccination services and utilise the pharmacist workforce appropriately.
See Monday’s edition of Pharmacy Daily for more.