Free pertussis vax for pregnant women

The state government has also announced it will extend the trial of pharmacist-delivered influenza vaccinations to cover measles and pertussis in adults.

Both initiatives form part of a detailed vaccination strategy released on Wednesday in a bid to raise declining immunisation rates in some pockets of Queensland such as the Sunshine Coast, where only 87.9% of five-year-olds are fully vaccinated.  

From September, under the extended Queensland Pharmacists Immunisation Pilot (QPIP), adults will be able to visit their local pharmacy to receive booster MMR and pertussis shots.  

The trial, which is being conducted by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, has already seen more than 10,000 people vaccinated against influenza by pharmacists at 80 sites across the state. 

Pharmacy Guild Queensland branch president Tim Logan said the guild had always hoped the "flu vaccination trial would lay