Today (6 May 2022) marks another milestone for community pharmacy with the administration of the 7 millionth Covid vaccine.
This achievement, according to the National President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Professor Trent Twomey, demonstrates how important community pharmacies have been in the transition to a post-Covid normal.
“Since being brought into the vaccination program rollout in July last year, community pharmacies have proven to be pivotal in helping to reach maximum national uptake of Covid-19 vaccines,” Professor Twomey said.
“Significantly the use of community pharmacies as vaccination centres has been hugely popular with communities.
“This in part is because community pharmacies have been accessible, staying open later and on weekends, and providing vaccinations where people want them, and when they want them.
“It’s also because community pharmacists and their staff are trusted members of the communities they serve.”
Professor Twomey encouraged anyone needing a Covid-19 vaccination or booster to contact their local pharmacy or make a booking via findapharmacy.com.au.
“I would also urge everyone to get their flu shot at their local pharmacy,” Professor Twomey said.
“This year’s flu season is predicted to be particularly severe because of the combination of the flu and Covid-19 so getting vaccination is more important than ever.
“People can book with their local pharmacy or just walk in to get their shot in most cases.
“They can also use the findapharmacy.com.au website to find a pharmacy convenient for them,” he said.