7 Feb 2024

Proposal to allow pharmacists to provide childhood vaccinations

From Nine To Noon, 9:10 am on 7 February 2024

A proposal which would allow pharmacists to administer babies' six week, and three month, five month, and 12 month vaccinations is drawing mixed opinions from doctors.

Te Whatu Ora and Pharmac's joint plan would mean families who don't have access to a general practice could visit a pharmacy for several funded vaccines. Pharmacies can already administer vaccines for older children. It's a bid to bolster vaccination rates among children, which have been declining in recent years.

Whānau Āwhina Plunket says it supports any initiative which makes it easier for families to access the service. However there are also concerns within primary care.

Dr Angus Chambers, is chair of GenPro - the General Practice Owners Association, and Dr Nick Chamberlain is Te Whatu Ora National Public Health Service national director.