Australians could get Covid vaccine in PHARMACIES as government and big business join pressure for jabs

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Pharmacies and workplaces are about to start providing Covid vaccines in a major military-style escalation of the government’s deployment schedule.

Street chemists will join general practitioners on the front lines of the pandemic as well as big banks, mining companies and other private companies as part of the new strategy of Covid vaccine czar Lt. Gen. John Frewen.

He was brought in by Prime Minister Scott Morrison three weeks ago to turn around the stalled vaccine rollout which has so far only seen 7.1% of Australia’s population fully vaccinated.

Pharmacies began rolling out the vaccine earlier this month when Foote’s Pharmacies in Boonah became the first in Australia to deliver the vaccine on June 6.

Pharmacies began rolling out the vaccine earlier this month when Foote’s Pharmacies in Boonah became the first in Australia to deliver the vaccine on June 6. Pictured here Suzanne Greenwood, National Executive Director of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia receiving her first dose at the pharmacy.

Queensland now has 49 regional pharmacies included in the program and plans to include 207 more across the country outside of Tasmania and ACT.

Western Australia and the Northern Territory will join the expanded program on July 12, with pharmacies in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia on July 19.

Australia is currently last on the OECD list for its vaccination rate and four capitals – affecting 11 million people – were stranded this week as new epidemics wreak new havoc across the country.

Brisbane was quarantined on Tuesday, joining Sydney, Perth and Darwin, as the number of cases increases across the country.

Australia is currently last in the OECD list for its vaccination rate and four capitals - affecting 11 million people - were stranded this week as new epidemics wreak new havoc across the country.  In the photo, people line up at the Melbourne Exhibition Center vaccination center

Australia is currently last in the OECD list for its vaccination rate and four capitals – affecting 11 million people – were stranded this week as new epidemics wreak new havoc across the country. In the photo, people line up at the Melbourne Exhibition Center vaccination center

Getting hits in the arms is seen as vital for Australia emerging from the repeated lockdown cycle, but the rollout has been hampered by lack of Pfizer vaccine supplies and mixed messages about the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Now Lt. Gen. Frewen wants to streamline the system to increase efficiency by maximizing the use of available channels to deliver jabs.

“It’s not about tearing it up and rebuilding it, it’s about optimizing it to go faster,” said the lieutenant-general. The Sydney Morning Herald.

“I know that in all companies there are sectors that would like to do it themselves; they are not currently authorized to do so.

Street chemists will join general practitioners on the front lines of the pandemic as well as big banks, mining companies and other private companies as part of the new strategy of Covid vaccine czar Lt. Gen. John Frewen (photo )

Street chemists will join general practitioners on the front lines of the pandemic as well as big banks, mining companies and other private companies as part of the new strategy of Covid vaccine czar Lt. Gen. John Frewen ( Photo)

“The mining sector, the banks… a lot of them are saying, ‘Let’s go and we’ll get out of the public health system.’ ”

Australian Industry Group chief executive Innes Willox welcomed any initiative to accelerate the return to normal and said companies were keen to play their part in the vaccination rollout.

But he wants the new compensation scheme for doctors administering the AstraZeneca vaccine, introduced by the federal government on Monday, to be extended to businesses as well.

He told Daily Mail Australia: “We need to change course and consider speeding up the vaccination program by being open to new approaches such as enabling employers to effectively transform their workplaces into vaccination centers.

Getting gun shots is seen as vital for Australia emerging from the repeated lockdown cycle, but the rollout has been hampered by lack of Pfizer vaccine supplies and mixed messages about the safety of the Astra Zeneca vaccine.  Staff seen here preparing vaccines at Homebush Vaccination Center in Sydney

Getting hits in the arms is seen as vital for Australia emerging from the repeated lockdown cycle, but the rollout has been hampered by lack of Pfizer vaccine supplies and mixed messages about the safety of the Astra Zeneca vaccine. Staff seen here preparing vaccines at Homebush Vaccination Center in Sydney

“We are doing it with flu shots with great success. Now is the time to allow experienced nurses to administer the vaccine without a doctor looking over their shoulders.

“For this to happen, businesses need appropriate and clearly defined compensation to protect against the risk of an employee experiencing serious adverse effects.

“There are allowances for doctors and pharmaceutical companies, but these allowances do not appear to extend to employers.”

The plans have also been criticized by pharmacists – who already deliver flu shots – for not going far enough.

Australian Industry Group chief executive Innes Willox welcomed any initiative to accelerate the return to normal and said companies were keen to play their part in the vaccination rollout.  Seen here a queue of people at an NSW vaccination center

Australian Industry Group chief executive Innes Willox welcomed any initiative to accelerate the return to normal and said companies were keen to play their part in the vaccination rollout. Seen here a queue of people at an NSW vaccination center

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia says the program could include nearly 4,000 pharmacies that have already been deemed appropriate.

Only 20 NSW pharmacies will be included, out of a possible 1,250, while 68 have been given the green light for South Australia, 49 in Western Australia and 15 in the Northern Territory.

“Instead of being patient-centered, it’s GP-centered,” said PGA President Trent Twomey the australian.

“We never had this approach when deploying GPs. The Commonwealth government has just activated all general practices.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian (pictured) said on Wednesday she wanted companies involved as vaccination centers when supplies allowed.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian (pictured) said on Wednesday she wanted companies involved as vaccination centers when supplies allowed.

“It’s not rocket science for us. It’s about supply chain logistics and community pharmacies do it every day.

“We order drugs, we ship them, and we honor the prescription orders that are submitted to us.”

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Wednesday she wanted companies involved as vaccination centers when supplies allowed.

“We need to have enough vaccine points when we have the supply,” she said. “We need to get the vaccines in the guns as soon as possible.”

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