WA free flu vaccination extension welcomed by pharmacists

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA)

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) welcomes the extension of the free flu vaccination program in Western Australia until the end of July Incoming PSA WA State President Lusi Sheehan says the move will encourage more West Australians to get their flu shot. “We know that cost is a significant barrier to many people getting a regular flu shot. Being able to deliver another month of vaccinations at no cost to the public makes a big difference,” she said. “We need to make it easier for all Australians to be protected against influenza every year. We thank the WA State Government for supporting Pharmacy and removing cost barriers previously faced by many Western Australians. “PSA has been calling for West Australians to have greater access to vaccinations by allowing pharmacist-immunisers to administer a wider range of vaccines. “Community pharmacists have the clinical experience to deliver all vaccinations, including influenza vaccinations, and often have shorter waiting times than GPs. “We must continue to make vaccinations more accessible for all Australians and ensure that governments support pharmacists to improve the ongoing health of their communities. “I encourage every West Australian to get their no-cost flu shot at their local pharmacist as soon as they can.” All WA residents aged 5 years and older can access an influenza vaccination at no-cost from their local community pharmacy until 31 July 2022.

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