AstraZeneca – Pharmacists to give Astrazeneca vaccine
Pharmacists will be enlisted by the Commonwealth government to administer the Astrazeneca vaccine to the general population this year in a bid to get the vaccine rolled out as quickly as possible, says Sky News Political Andrew Clennell.
“The Commonwealth last week put out expressions of interest for GPs to take part in rolling out the vaccine,” Mr Clennell said.
“This week they are expected to follow suit with an expression of interest for pharmacists for phase two of the rollout which is the phase which involves giving the vaccine to the general population.
“Last year chemists were responsible for administering three million flu shots so you can see how this development can prevent GPs having to work 24 hours a day to get the population vaccinated”.
Health Minister Greg Hunt has “worked throughout the summer” to deliver on the vaccine for Australia and believes the decision to get the Astrazeneca vaccine made locally here by Commonwealth Serum Laboratories is “one of the most important and hard fought things he has done in his time in the parliament”.
“The government spoke to Astrazeneca and Pfizer heads in Australia yesterday and they assured them of no change to supply plans, despite all the concerns in Europe about accessing sufficient vaccines,” Mr Clennell said.
“Importantly also, after doubts about the Pfizer vaccine in the elderly, the European medical authorities yesterday ticked off on the Astrazeneca vaccine being rolled out to all ages over 18.”