Pharmacist vaccinations declared safe and popular

Australia’s first pharmacist-run vaccination program is a winner, according to a study published in BMJ Open.

The researchers evaluated the flu vaccine delivery in 76 WA community pharmacies, concluding such services have the capacity to build pharmacist-GP collaboration and enhance patient-centred care and should be considered for government funding.

The service is also safe and popular, say the researchers, who reviewed

15,621 trivalent and quadrivalent flu vaccines. These were administered between March and October 2015 to adults who paid between $19.95 and $39.95.

The findings are based on data from surveys of pharmacy staff, computer records and interviews with pharmacists.

They found consumers valued convenience and ease of access. A significant number opted to pay for a pharmacist vaccination even though they were eligible for a free service through the National Immunisation