Quicker vaccinations at no cost


Patients will no longer have to pay for vaccines at their local pharmacy under the National Immunisation Program (NIP).

The change came into force on January 1 and sees the end of an administration fee previously charged if a patient had their jab at a community pharmacy.

The Pharmacy Guild’s National President, Professor Trent Twomey, said the change would see more pharmacies able to administer the vaccines.

“All Australians will be able to ask their pharmacist for all vaccines on the Commonwealth government’s NIP,” Prof Twomey said.

He added the change would mean having more pharmacies able to administer the vaccines would free up more appointment slots at doctors’ surgeries.

“This is great news for Australian families because it means they no longer have to wait up to four days in a capital city or even four weeks in a rural or regional area to secure an appointment with the general practitioner,” said Prof Twomey.

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