New powers will be given to pharmacists, allowing them to administer vaccines for deadly illnesses in NSW.
Anyone older than 16 will be able to receive whooping cough, diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps and rubella vaccines, in an attempt from the state government to boost vaccines.
Pharmacists interested in administering vaccines will be given special training, with each vaccine administration to be reported on the Australian Immunisation Register - accessible by GPs.
“Australia has wiped out measles and the only reported cases are from unvaccinated people who acquire it overseas and then infect others locally,” Health Minister Brad Hazzard said.
“We hope new grandparents, carers of infants and partners of pregnant women also make use of the additional services to protect newborn babies from whooping cough.”
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