SEQ metro community pharmacies begin Covid-19 vaccinations

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The clear message from The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch is “if you’re over 18, get the vaccine”.

This is according to The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch’s Acting President, Chris Owen and comes following the announcement that metropolitan community pharmacies across Southeast Queensland have commenced Covid-19 vaccinations.

“We’re thrilled that from today [6 August] 113 metropolitan community pharmacies in Southeast Queensland will begin rolling out Covid-19 vaccinations,” says Mr Owen,

“With this latest group joining the state-wide rollout, there are now more than 330 community pharmacies delivering Covid-19 vaccinations to Queenslanders.

“The only way out of these revolving lockdowns is to have as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

“Our Guild Members would like to thank the Queensland Government for accelerating the rollout and providing stock over the last 24-hours while we wait for further deliveries from the Commonwealth Government.

“The accelerated stock delivery will mean that everyone who is currently on a waiting list and is eligible to get their Covid-19 vaccination will now have the opportunity to do so.”

In addition to these community pharmacies, Mr Owen says that more “eligible community pharmacies are expected to be onboarded next week and the week after”.

This, he says, will bring “the total locations in Southeast Queensland to more than 500 and the state to more than 700 locations”.

“With 97% of consumers in capital cities and 66% in regional areas live within 2.5km of a pharmacy, it makes sense for community pharmacies to be at the forefront of the rollout,” says Mr Owen.

Mr Owen reminds the community that pharmacists are “medicine experts, including in vaccines” and that any community pharmacy “administering a Covid-19 vaccine … has undergone the Commonwealth’s mandatory training with the Australian College of Nurses on this specific vaccine”.

The community can visit findapharmacy.com.au/qldpharmacy to see all Queensland community pharmacies administering the COVID-19 vaccination.

Bookings can be made by clicking on the pharmacy’s link in the interactive map.