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The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) have issued a statement titled: “This is not a turf war – this is a pandemic. It is time to unite our full vaccinator workforce.”

It said the nation’s leaders should “urgently activate pharmacists” to give out jabs.

PSA National President, Associate Professor Chris Freeman said many are already trained in giving vaccinations.

And while some states, including Queensland, have already got them on board in remote areas, Mr Freeman said they have “thousands more ready and raring to go”.

“Ensuring as many Australians as possible can access vaccinations is critical if we are to keep ahead of this deadly disease,” he said.

“Allowing community pharmacists to vaccinate across Australia will massively increase ease and accessibility.

“With pharmacists now also covered by the Government’s indemnity scheme, the solution is right under the Government’s nose. 

“This is not about funding, politics, or protecting turf. 

“This is a pandemic, and PSA’s interests lie in enabling pharmacists to support their patients and public health during this time.”

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