Canberra pharmacies downsize COVID booster vaccine rollout due to underfunding | Canberra Times


Some Canberra pharmacists say they will be forced to scale down their rollout of COVID-19 booster doses due to insufficient federal funding. PharmaSave Woden owner Faruq Amin said he chose to order the lower threshold of about 120 Pfizer doses due to the strain of administering them. “Already now we are stretched with the first normal planned vaccination … and the consideration around that it really runs at a loss,” he said. “We’re trying to absorb it, absorbing the extra cost … but we’re getting to a point where it’s really hard.” And you can see the crunch of losing money out of this process. “MORE COVID-19 NEWS : The federal government will remunerate city community pharmacies $ 16 for administering booster shots, the same rate as the first dose, while the second gave a return of $ 26 (where both doses were administered through the pharmacy) Pfizer doses have been made available to pharmacies , after the Therapeutic Goods Administration approved a Pfizer booster vaccine for people over the age of 18 in October, Mr Faruq said he would monitor the demand for doses, but that the burden of administering jabs so far had been significant. Managing Partner Samantha Kourtis said they would give boosters to vulnerable people but would have to reject others. “We issued a public statement that at our pharmacy – due to the lack of remuneration and the impact it has on our nuclear bus resemblance and the scope of practice across all areas of healthcare – we will send you to an ACT vaccination center or your GP, “she said. ACT Pharmacy Guilds department president Simon Blacker said some pharmacies may opt out of the booster program because “they are already extensive.” “We have a tired workforce like everyone else, but we have been on the front line and kept our doors open to keep society safe,” he said. Sir. Blacker detailed a multi-step process for administering vaccines in addition to the jab itself, which included: preparing doses, screening patients, controlling and uploading the vaccine to the immunization registry, monitoring patients, and completing paperwork. “So there are seven or eight steps to the process of giving a COVID vaccination. It’s not just bang that’s your jab and it’s all fixed in two minutes,” he said. Sir. Faruq confirmed that he may not be able to give a booster dose to anyone who asked for it. “I try to do the vaccination during the day … Monday to Friday, between 10 and four o’clock, when I have extra pharmacists working with me,” he said. “And just looking at the logistics, there’s a lot of pressure on who’s available to do what, at what point.” Capital Chemist, which has 21 ACT pharmacies, would “downplay” its involvement in the booster rollout due to the strain, said Group Business Manager Andrew Topp. “We will always put the health of our beloved patients first, however [there are] “things like we do not have the capacity to hire extra staff, we have no capacity to pay extra to get the staff to work overtime because the return is just not there,” Mr Topp said. The ACT had administered nearly 44,000 vaccines – more than 31,000 AstraZeneca doses and about 12,500 Moderna doses, Blacker said pharmacists had played a major role in ACT’s high vaccination rates, including changing perceptions of AstraZeneca in the area that became available to them, 18 and older weekend before the Canberra lockdown.Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community.How to continue accessing our trusted content:


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