Free COVID-19 vaccination eligibility tool launched Australia-wide
The Australasian College of Pharmacy (The College), in partnership with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch (The Guild), has launched a nation-wide vaccination eligibility tool, to provide Australians with access to real time information about when they may be able to access their COVID-19 vaccination.
getmycovidvax.com.au is a simple digital tool where consumers answer a series of questions and are informed about which phase of the Federal Government’s COVID -19 National Vaccination rollout they may be able to receive their vaccine.
The College’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Dimitri Kopanakis, said the tool was created in partnership with the Guild to raise community awareness about the vaccine rollout phases and to ensure greater community confidence.
“Pharmacists work each and every day supporting their local communities. This eligibility tool is yet another way of educating the community, and supporting pharmacists, by providing Australians with clear and concise information.”
“The College is proud to continue being on the forefront of pharmacist and health professional education since 1980. We’re proud of our innovative education offerings, and in 2020 hosted a live clinical webinar for more than 1,000 pharmacists to hear from Professor Sarah Gilbert, the vaccinologist lead on the University of Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine development team.” “The eligibility tool is another way the College is able to provide an educational tool. The tool free-of-charge and will notify Australians of any changes to the rollout schedule.”
Key features of the eligibility tool include informing users of their phase of the vaccine rollout, a ‘push’ feature keeping Australians updated to any changes to their eligibility, and a reminder when their phase is commencing. Importantly, once Phase 2A commences the tool will also assist in providing information to patients on obtaining their vaccination, including how to make an appointment.
This latest joint initiative between the College and Guild builds on their long-standing relationship and practical support for the industry which was reflected by the online webinar in 2020 with Oxford’s Professor Sarah Gilbert. The webinar was open to Australian Pharmacists and aimed to improve understanding regarding the development and clinical issues associated with the world’s lead vaccine candidates.
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch President, Professor Trent Twomey, said he was pleased to partner with the Australasian College of Pharmacy to develop this eligibility tool and continue to support local communities.
“Throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, community pharmacies have been at the forefront supporting Australian patients. As we move forward, we’ll continue to be on the frontline and join the nationwide effort to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to millions of Australians from phase 2A of the rollout and provide patients with the tools and resources to ensure they remain up to date with the latest information,” said Prof. Twomey.
“For several years community pharmacies across Australia have been safely and intimately involved in the rollout of critical vaccination programs. The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine is the most important health initiative in our generation.
“Australia is one of the most decentralised nations in the world, which is why the Federal and State Governments should be commended for ensuring that as primary healthcare providers, community pharmacies are part of the vaccination rollout from phase 2A.”
“Not all Australians living in regional and remote areas may have access to a GP to get access to vaccinations, which is why it is so critical that all primary healthcare professionals are involved and access to the COVID-19 vaccine is as broad as possible,” said Prof. Twomey.
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