"People tell us that access to a general practitioner can sometimes be difficult, whether you live in the city, in the countryside, or on the coast, and expanding pharmacy vaccines give people more choice," Barilaro said.
Mr. Hazzard said new grandparents were hoping that toddler caregivers and pregnant women partners would use pharmacists' MMR vaccines to protect newborns from whooping cough. Health Minister Brad Hazzard said he hopes grandparents, caregivers, and partners of pregnant women would be vaccinated for whooping cough to protect newborns. Health Minister Brad Hazzard said he hopes that grandparents, carers and pregnant women's partners will be vaccinated against whooping cough to protect newborns. Credit: Shutterstock
He also hoped that would-be travelers would be immunized for MMR and dTpa before they went overseas.
"Australia has wiped out measles and the only reported cases are from unvaccinated people who acquire it overseas and then infect others locally," Mr Hazzard said.
He said expanding the vaccine program for pharmacists reduces the chance for general practitioners to pick up other health problems or health risks, "and all of us makes poorer. "
However, NSW's Pharmacy Guild of Australia president David Heffernan said the extension was "very reasonable."
"The health care system will always be fragmented as long as the doctors are above everyone else," Heffernan said.
"We do not know what nuisance [infectious disease] will come in the future, but having this as an additional set of tools for the public can only be good."
Pharmacist for administration vaccines are authorized must report all vaccinations to the Australian vaccine registry Specialists, including general practitioners, can look up records on the registry and individuals can view their own records.
The cost of each vaccine varies depending on the type and brand and whether the pharmacist charges a service fee.
Earlier this month, Mr. Hazzard secured support from the COAG Health Council to develop a national approach to pharmacists' vaccination standards that would make the program consistent across Australia.
Persons eligible for free state immunization, including children under five, Aborigines, the chronically ill, pregnant women, and people over 65, still have to see their family doctor.
Kate Aubusson is the health editor of the Sydney Morning Herald.