The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland welcomes announcement of the free influenza vaccination program for Queenslanders in 2024
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch congratulates the Queensland Government for extending the free influenza vaccination program to 2024 for all Queenslanders aged 6 months and over.
The Guild’s Queensland Branch President, Chris Owen welcomes the Palaszczuk Government’s continued commitment of the free influenza vaccination program and this early announcement will go a long way in increasing the uptake of vaccinations.
“At a time of suboptimal influenza vaccination rates, the 2024 free program will allow all Queenslanders to access this important vaccination at a community pharmacy in the lead up to, and throughout the flu season.
“We would like to thank the Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Shannon Fentiman for her commitment to the program and making this initiative free ensuring there are no cost-of-living barriers for Queenslanders in putting their health first.
“This early commitment means community pharmacists will continue to be prepared to meet the demand of Queenslanders taking up the free service ahead of and during the 2024 flu season.
“Community pharmacists will be given ample time to plan and secure the necessary vaccine stock to meet the anticipated demand.
“The advance notice will also enable Queensland families to plan ahead and visit their local community pharmacy to receive the free vaccine and help reduce the spread of the virus, protecting friends and family most at risk.
“We look forward to continuing our relationship with Minister Fentiman on this program to ensure a seamless and effective implementation, providing access to free influenza vaccinations for all Queenslanders,” says Mr Owen.