Trained pharmacist vaccinators can now give both the diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough combination vaccine and the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, in addition to the flu vaccine.
Vaccinations are administered in a private room on the pharmacy premises, with trained pharmacists conducting pre-jab assessments to check current health status. Once administered, the shots are reported to the Australian Immunisation Register.
People eligible for free government-funded vaccines, including children under five, Aboriginal people, those with chronic illnesses, pregnant women and people over 65 will still need to access these vaccines via their GP, so that they can get a health assessment at the same time.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the record high rates of vaccination in NSW is a great public health achievement.
“Now, with this additional range of vaccinations available from pharmacists, we want to encourage new grandparents, carers of infants, and partners of pregnant women to get vaccinated to ensure they don’t catch whooping cough and pass it on to their babies,” Mr Hazzard said.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said people will have more choice when it comes to vaccination.
“In regional and remote parts of NSW, it can be hard to access a GP. That’s why having the option of a trained pharmacist makes things so much easier,” Mr Barilaro said.