ACT lowers age of pharmacist-administered vaccinations

Pharmacists will be able to protect more Canberrans against vaccine-preventable diseases, ACT Health announced on April 18, in a move welcomed by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA).

Pharmacists will be able to vaccinate more people following ACT Health’s announcement to lower the minimum age of pharmacist-administered vaccinations to 16 years.

ACT PSA Branch President Renae Beardmore congratulated ACT Health for allowing pharmacists to vaccinate more Canberrans.

“Allowing trained pharmacists to administer vaccines will significantly increase the immunisation rates within the community and reduce the incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases.

“The administration of vaccines by pharmacists complements the excellent work done by GPs, nurses, Indigenous health workers and other healthcare professionals. This change will increase immunisation and positively impact people’s health in the ACT.”

“As the peak body for pharmacists, PSA has advocated for many years to allow pharmacists to deliver more vaccinations to a wider range of patients and will continue to work closely with ACT Health to achieve this.”

Ms Beardmore commended Minister Fitzharris and ACT Health for making use of pharmacists’ expertise and training to better protect the community against vaccine-preventable diseases.

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