Pharmacists on track for NIP access in two more states from next year

If the changes are adopted, it will mean only pharmacists in NT, SA and Queensland will not be administering vaccines under the national immunisation program

Health ministers in NSW and Tasmania say they will give pharmacists access to flu vaccines under the National Immunisation Program, possibly from next year.

If the changes pan out, it means pharmacists will have access to NIP-funded vaccines to varying extents in all states and territories except the NT, SA and Queensland.

While officially still pilot programs, WA and the ACT have used the NIP to fund high-dose flu vaccines for patients aged 65 and over in pharmacies since 2018 and 2019, respectively.