Removing barriers to vaccination by pharmacists

The Northern Territory Government announced on Friday 5 June 2020 that pharmacists will be allowed to administer vaccinations outside of a community pharmacy.

The move that has been widely accepted by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA), will allow pharmacists to provide vaccinations in places such as residential aged care settings, Aboriginal Medical Services, private and public hospitals, as well as community pharmacies.

PSA SA/NT Branch President Robyn Johns congratulates the Northern Territory Government for this announcement that will ensure pharmacists can vaccinate more people, particularly those most vulnerable.

“This announcement means people who have difficulty accessing vaccinations, particularly those who may be housebound due to COVID-19 or residents of aged care facilities can now be provided much needed vaccinations.

“This year we have seen a particularly large uptake from people, including those in the Northern Territory accessing the influenza vaccine and pharmacists continue to play a key role in keeping the community safe.

“PSA has advocated and worked with the Northern Territory Government for many years to improve access to vaccinations to protect the community and this announcement will go a long way in boosting vaccination rates across the territory,” says Ms Johns.

The Government also announced that influenza vaccinations can now be administered by pharmacists to children aged 10 years and older, also helping increase the vaccination rates across the Northern Territory.

“Pharmacists are the most accessible to the community than any other health provider and are well trained in the administration of these vaccinations,” adds Ms Johns.