Coast regional pharmacies to deliver Covid jab
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.
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]