Rural and regional pharmacies will be the first in the country to rollout COVID-19 vaccinations.
56 community pharmacies that submitted an Expression of Interest to the Queensland Government will be stood up as vaccination sites over the coming weeks.
It follows a decision by National Cabinet on April 22 to allow states and territories to factor community pharmacies into the rollout.
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The Acting President of the Queeensland branch of Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Chris Owen, congratulated Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt and Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath for working to make sure Queenslanders have access to the jab as quickly as possible.
“Community pharmacies are highly accessible with 97% of consumers in capital cities and 65% in regional areas living within 2.5km of a pharmacy. Pharmacies are also the most frequently visited primary healthcare destinations, and staff are well placed for significant interactions with members of the public,” Mr Owen said.
“Given the need to vaccinate as many Australians as quickly as possible and the decentralised nature of our state, we thank Minister D’Ath for leading the way and ensuring that community pharmacies are part of the solution.
“The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine is the most critical health initiative in our generation and community pharmacies are well placed to deliver.”
“We look forward to working closely with both Federal and State Governments to increase the number of community pharmacies involved in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout to improve patient accessibility.”