Pharmacists a friendly alternative for fearful vax patients

Patients who are afraid of seeing a doctor may be more comfortable visiting a pharmacy to receive an influenza vaccination, a rural pharmacist believes.

Jason Harvey, a pharmacist with Outback Pharmacies in Broken Hill, says that if pharmacists were permitted to perform vaccinations there would be a stronger uptake by the public.

“From our point of view it’s a great idea, because if there are people who are scared of GPs, the old white coat syndrome, they might feel more comfortable going to a pharmacy and having a friendly face delivering it to him,