20 May 2024

Questions over pharmacy vaccinations amid Medsafe investigation

From Nine To Noon, 9:05 am on 20 May 2024
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The greater role pharmacies are playing in administering vaccinations is under scrutiny after concerns were raised about three outlets in the South Island.

As of last month, pharmacies around the country are able to provide several funded vaccines for under five-year-olds, which previously were only available through a GP practice.

This is part of a bid by Te Whatu Ora and Pharmac to lift immunisation rates.

Some GPs have expressed concern about the move, saying it would potentially lead to poorer health outcomes for children and families.

Three South Island pharmacies are currently suspended from administering immunisations after allegedly giving adult patients unnecessary jabs, and inputting data incorrectly. Medsafe is investigating.

Kathryn speaks with President of the Pharmaceutical Society which represents pharmacists Michael Hammond, and Dr Angus Chambers, is chair of GenPro - the General Practice Owners Association.