The minimum age for pharmacist-administered vaccination in Queensland has been lowered to 16 years.
“Allowing trained pharmacists to administer vaccines will significantly increase the immunisation rates within the community and reduce the incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases,” Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) Queensland Acting President Chris Campbell said.
“The administration of vaccines by pharmacists complements the excellent work done by GPs, nurses, indigenous health workers and other immunisers. It increases the immunisation rate and has a positive effect on people’s health in Queensland.
“As the peak national body for pharmacists, PSA has advocated for many years to allow pharmacists to deliver more vaccinations to a wider age range of patients and for provision of pharmacist access to NIP [National Immunisation Program] stock. We will continue to work closely with the Queensland government to achieve this.”
Pharmacists in Queensland have been instrumental in progressing pharmacist-administered vaccination services in Australia through the Queensland Pharmacists Immunisation Pilot in 2014.