NSW lowers the age for pharmacist influenza vaccination

11 March 2020

Amendments have been made to the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008 to lower the age that pharmacists can supply and administer a private market influenza vaccine to include people aged 10 years and over.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said giving families more options to protect their children against flu is sensible, with the likely convergence of a COVID-19 pandemic with winter flu.

The Pharmacy Guild and Pharmaceutical Society of Australia will be asked to ensure that relevant professional standards are amended to ensure that pharmacists have a process to manage unaccompanied minors who may present for vaccination without an appropriate parent or guardian to provide consent.

The age that pharmacists can administer MMR and dTpa vaccines to will remain at 16 years of age.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said giving families more options to protect their children against flu is sensible, with the likely convergence of a COVID-19 pandemic with winter flu.

“Last year was the longest flu season on record and in 2017 more than 650 people in NSW died from flu-related conditions, and now we have COVID-19,” Mr Hazzard said.

“While the flu vaccine won’t combat COVID-19, it will help reduce the severity and spread of flu, which can lower a person’s immunity and make them susceptible to other illnesses.

“By allowing pharmacists to administer privately purchased flu vaccines to people aged 10 years and over, families now have more choice when booking-in for a flu jab”.

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