South Australia community pharmacists to accelerate COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) is pleased community pharmacists in regional SA will finally able to participate in the vaccination strategy, following Premier Marshall’s announcement that nearly 100 pharmacies will be activated in rural and remote South Australia this morning.

PSA has been working with the SA state government to secure pharmacist involvement in the COVID-19 roll out in recent months and is delighted with today’s announcement.

PSA continues to work with other state and territory governments understands similar announcements in many other jurisdictions are imminent.

Robyn Johns, PSA SA President, said that this is the outcome that many rural communities in SA have been waiting for.

“We are delighted that community pharmacists in regional SA will finally be able to play their part in protecting their communities against this dreadful disease.”

“PSA has been advocating for pharmacists in the community to join the pharmacists who are already contributing in hospitals and vaccination hubs.”

“As Australia’s most accessible healthcare workforce, bringing community pharmacists on-board will expedite completion of the rollout; protecting more people sooner.”

“With the recent changes to the storage requirements for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and evolution of health advice for priority populations, all vaccine providers – including community pharmacists – must be able to support all patients by administering the most appropriate vaccine for them.”

PSA is dedicated to supporting pharmacists in delivering the COVID-19 vaccine both safely and effectively to the public, and pharmacists in the remaining jurisdictions are on standby to support the strategy.

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