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Coast regional pharmacies to deliver Covid jab

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People living in regional Queensland will now be able to get the Covid-19 vaccine from community pharmacies in a bid to improve access across the Sunshine Coast.

The Federal Government announced that 49 community pharmacies across Queensland including Rainbow Beach Pharmacy, The Sands Centre Pharmacy (Cooloola Cove), Cooloola Pharmacy (Tin Can Bay) will begin offering free Covid vaccinations from today.

Queensland is the first jurisdiction in Australia to allow community pharmacies to give the jab.

The group representing pharmacies across the state has welcomed the move anticipating around 150-200 vaccines per week for each pharmacy.

"These pharmacies have been chosen mostly because of a lack of access in that area,” says Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch acting president Chris Owen.

"These 49 rural communities either have no state health run centres or a lack of GP access to those vaccines.”

Only the AstraZeneca vaccine will be available initially but the Pfizer vaccine may be added soon once the logistics of rolling out Pfizer are fixed.

Mr Owen says the pharmacy vaccination rollout allows people to get the vaccine from someone local who they know and trust.

"Community pharmacies are highly accessible with 97 per cent of consumers in capital cities and 65 per cent in regional areas living within 2.5km of a pharmacy. Pharmacies are also the most frequently visited primary healthcare destinations, and staff are well placed for significant interactions with members of the public,” he said.

"Given the need to vaccinate as many Queenslanders as quickly as possible and the decentralised nature of our state, we thank the Federal Government for leading the way and ensuring that as frontline primary healthcare professionals, community pharmacies are part of the solution.

Mr Owen also assured the community that pharmacists are trained to administer the vaccine.

"We did the exact same training the GPs and nurses have done,” he said.

"There is no gap in skill or expertise.

"Pharmacies have been given vaccinations for the better part of a decade.”

For more information visit the Federal Government's Covid website: https://bit.ly/3cpnkmG or contact one of the listed pharmacies in your area.

 

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FULL LIST OF PHARMACIES

Acton Health Pharmacy (Chinchilla), CHINCHILLA, 4413

Acton Health Pharmacy (Miles), MILES, 4415

Babinda Pharmacy, BABINDA, 4861

Bamaga Pharmacy, BAMAGA, 4876

Barcaldine Pharmacy, BARCALDINE, 4725

Boonah Pharmacy, BOONAH, 4310

Cardwell Pharmacy, CARDWELL, 4849

Clermont Pharmacy, CLERMONT, 4721

Collinsville Pharmacy, COLLINSVILLE, 4804

Cooloola Pharmacy, TIN CAN BAY, 4580

Dysart Pharmacy, DYSART, 4745

Gayndah Pharmacy, GAYNDAH, 4625

Gemfields Pharmacy, SAPPHIRE, 4702

Hamilton Island Pharmacy, HAMILTON ISLAND, 4803

Hinchinbrook Community Pharmacy, HALIFAX, 4850

Karumba Pharmacy, KARUMBA, 4891

LiveLife Anich's Mossman Pharmacy, MOSSMAN, 4873

LiveLife Bowen Plaza Pharmacy, BOWEN, 4805

LiveLife Pharmacy Bowen Healthcare, BOWEN, 4805

LiveLife Pharmacy Macrossan St, PORT DOUGLAS, 4877

LiveLife Pharmacy Mission Beach, WONGALING BEACH, 4852

LiveLife Pharmacy Mossman, MOSSMAN, 4873

Livelife Pharmacy Port Douglas, PORT DOUGLAS, 4877

LiveLife Pharmacy The Habitat, PORT DOUGLAS, 4877

Livelife Pharmacy Tully, TULLY, 4854

LiveLife Pharmacy Weipa, WEIPA, 4874

Middlemount Pharmacy, MIDDLEMOUNT, 4746

Millmerran Pharmacy, MILLMERRAN, 4357

Monto Pharmacy, MONTO, 4630

Moura Pharmacy, MOURA, 4718

Mundubbera Pharmacy, MUNDUBBERA, 4626

Nanango Discount Drug Store, NANANGO, 4615

Priceline Pharmacy Moranbah Fair, MORANBAH, 4744

Rainbow Beach Pharmacy, RAINBOW BEACH, 4581

Sarina Discount Drug Store, SARINA, 4737

Springsure Pharmacy, SPRINGSURE, 4722

St George Pharmacy, ST GEORGE, 4487

Stanthorpe Amcal Pharmacy, STANTHORPE, 4380

Stradbroke Pharmacy, DUNWICH, 4183

Taroom Pharmacy, TAROOM, 4420

The Mitchell Pharmacy, MITCHELL, 4465

The Sands Centre Pharmacy, COOLOOLA COVE, 4580

The Wandoan Pharmacy, WANDOAN, 4419

Thursday Island Pharmacy, THURSDAY ISLAND, 4875

Toogoolawah Pharmacy, TOOGOOLAWAH, 4313

Wallumbilla Pharmacy, WALLUMBILLA, 4428

Whiteoak Pharmacies (The Esk Pharmacy), ESK, 4312

Woodgate Beach Pharmacy, WOODGATE, 4660

Your Pharmacy Chinchilla, CHINCHILLA, 4413]