Pharmacy vaccination plan raises GP concerns

GPs have warned against cheapening key healthcare services, after a discount pharmacy chain last week began to offer cut-price flu vaccinations.

From March to May, Priceline will offer the jabs – administered by contracted immunisation nurses – for $30 for people aged 15–64. 

The chain’s website last week stated the service would take just 20 minutes, prompting warnings from GPs against reducing quality and safety around vaccinations.

RACGP council chair Dr Nigel Stocks said the program risked patient safety via possible adverse reactions and breakdowns in the maintenance of cold chains during vaccine transport and storage.

“The college is concerned with fragmentation of care and we believe the best quality of care is delivered in an integrated and holistic way,” he said,

“Vaccinations should be provided within the context of the patient history.”

The warnings came