October 30, 2019
Pharmacists to deliver measles vaccine
Trained pharmacist vaccinators in 450 pharmacies across New Zealand will soon be able to deliver MMR vaccinations to people aged 16 and over, as the latest step in the Government’s plan to stop the measles outbreak.
Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says the current measles outbreak has shown it’s vital to have pharmacists and DHBs working together on a joined up approach to immunisation.
In South Auckland, the centre of the outbreak, there are around 30 pharmacies in Counties Manukau that could vaccinate.
She says pharmacist vaccinators played an important role in responding to the Northland meningicoccal outbreak, providing more than 700 vaccines.
The age marker is so there’s no disruption to the National Childhood Immunisation Schedule, which will continue to be delivered by GPs, and it should also capture the at risk group from mid-teens to 29 year olds who mightn’t routinely engage with general practice.
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