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NDIA and Pharmacy Guild boost NDIS vaccination rates

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and The Pharmacy Guild Australia have joined forces to make it easier for NDIS participants to book and access Covid-19 vaccinations through local pharmacies.

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NDIS participants and providers will receive an easy access link or QR code for booking, through direct NDIA communications.

More than 3,500 community pharmacies will receive stocks of the Moderna vaccine this month, with one million doses expected to be available from community pharmacies next month on top of existing Astra Zeneca supplies.  NDIS participants aged 18 years and over, who are eligible for the Moderna and Astra Zeneca vaccines, are encouraged to make an informed choice, including discussion with their health professional, ahead of booking their preferred vaccine.

NDIS Minister Linda Reynolds said the partnership with the Pharmacy Guild will make it easier for participants who can, and choose, to be vaccinated to book and receive a vaccination. “We know that, for some participants, having their vaccination at their local pharmacy will suit their individual circumstances better.” 

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Pharmacy Guild of Australia national president Trent Twomey said rollout of vaccinations through community pharmacies has been key to the acceleration of the national effort in recent months.

“This partnership between the Pharmacy Guild and the NDIA is all about protecting Australians, keeping them safe and well. The recent arrival of Moderna stock is available to Australians 12 years and older, and is a major boost to the vaccination effort,” Twomey said.