Did you know that in NSW, we have lower than acceptable vaccination rates in Sydney’s east and the northern beaches and the State’s north coast?
2017 was one of the worst years in recent memory for influenza in Australia. In NSW, there were 128,000 confirmed cases of influenza and more than 650 people died. So, I am very pleased that a Foley Labor Government will continue to protect the community by increasing the range of vaccinations available through pharmacies.
Under the plan, from September 1, 2019, NSW pharmacies will be able to provide vaccinations for:
- The dTp vaccine – diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (pertussis); and
- the MMR vaccine – measles, mumps and rubella.
This will bring NSW into line with South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory. It is in addition to the current regime where qualified pharmacies are able to provide influenza vaccinations.
Globally, vaccination rates in western developed societies including Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States have started to decline.
The pharmacy-led vaccinations in NSW have been a success. A NSW analysis found that 15 per cent of those seeking vaccinations in pharmacies had never received one before. Forty-three per cent of vaccine recipients were in the 18 to 49 year age group.
Pharmacists and/or staff who are qualified to administer vaccines must complete an accredited training course to administer the vaccinations and have a current certificate in first aid, CPR and responding to anaphylaxis.
It would complement the current vaccination programs, reaching people who do not normally have vaccinations.