COVID-19 is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 virus.
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Community pharmacists are one of the most accessible health care professionals in Australia(1). The average Australian visits a community pharmacy 18 times a year(2).
Community pharmacies have continue to maintain their open doors, without appointments during the COVID-19 pandemic to support our patients. Our pharmacists and pharmacy assistants made a commitment to serve our communities despite the anxieties and fear of infections wrought by this pandemic.
The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is now made available in select pharmacies across Australia. The Australian Government is providing COVID-19 vaccine to all Australian citizens, permanent residents, refugees, asylum seekers and temporary visa holders at no cost.’’
For the most up to date information on Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout please visit When will I get a COVID-19 vaccine?
Australia has some of the highest safety standards in the world. All scheduled medicines including vaccines undergo vigorous safety, efficacy and quality evidenced based testings by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
Current recommendation is that people wait at least 7 days between a dose of seasonal flu vaccine and a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The 7-day time frame is a precautionary measure to manage the common side effects that come with many vaccinations.
1. Pharmacists today, Pharmacists in 2023. The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Ltd., 2019
2. Community pharmacy. Australian Industry and Skills Committee. pub. 23 Nov 2020