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The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland welcomes announcement of free flu vaccination program for Queenslanders

Chris Owen with Shannon Fentiman

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch President Chris Owen welcomes today’s announcement from the Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk together with the Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Shannon Fentiman for all Queenslanders aged 6 month and over are eligible for free flu vaccinations from Saturday 22 July.

Mr Owen said the free flu vaccination program will go a long way in increasing the uptake of vaccinations.

“At a time of suboptimal influenza vaccination rates, this free program will allow all Queenslanders to access this important vaccination at a community pharmacy. 

“With only 27% of Queenslanders vaccinated against influenza this season, this program will remove any financial barrier to immunisation. Flu vaccination is not only for the protection of yourself but those families and friends who may be more at risk.

“With the increase of cost of living pressures impacting the community, we applaud the government for making this initiative free ensuring there are no barriers for Queenslanders in putting their health first.

“Community pharmacists are ready to roll out the free program and are urging more Queenslanders to take up this free initiative.

“With community pharmacies being the most accessible, with extending trading hours and availability on weekends, we are urging more families to book their vaccination through

“Anyone who has an existing booking at a community pharmacy this week, don’t cancel, it will be free,” says Mr Owen.

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