Pharmacies will need AIR access, patient management system for phase 2 vax

Community pharmacies applying to take part in Phase 2 of the national Covid vaccination program will be required to have a patient management system and a PRODA account for access to the Australian Immunisation Register, along with similar physical site requirements to general practices applying to take part.

Pharmacies will also need to use the promised national booking system, despite details about how the system will work or who is building it are still not available. It is also uncertain how it will interface with other pharmacy systems.

Posted in Australian eHealth

Tags: COVID-19, national booking solution, Australian Immunisation Register


+2 # Andrew Baird 2021-02-03 08:08
Is there a higher payment for vaccination after-hours at pharmacies?

Pharmacies in metropolitan areas will receive $16 for dose 1, and $26 for dose 2. Pharmacies in regional and rural areas will receive $19 and $29 respectively.

For comparison, GPs in metro areas will receive $30.75 for dose 1 and $24.25 for dose 2. GPs in rural areas will receive $37,35 for dose 1 and $27.55 for dose 2. These are normal hours rates. If a practice gives both the 1st and 2nd dose to a patient, then the practice gets a PIP of $10 for that patient..

Will the Government be encouraging patients to get their 1st dose at a Pharmacy and their 2nd dose at a GP Clinic in normal hours? Cheaper that way, and no PIP to pay.
+2 # Andrew Baird 2021-02-03 08:21
Any estimate of the number of community pharmacies that will be eligible for the roll-out - that is, community pharmacies that meet the criteria in the EOI? It is appropriate that community pharmacies are required to meet the same criteria and standards as general practices (as a minimum).

I wonder how many community pharmacies have private rooms where patients can be asked about their medical history and get vaccinated? Although we have seen photos/videos in the 'media' of celebrities and politicians getting vaccinated in public settings, patients need to be vaccinated in a private area, not sitting or standing in front of the checkout at the Pharmacy.

I know that none of our local pharmacies here have private rooms for patient consultations. Does anyone know if this is the norm, or do most pharmacies have private rooms? What about the Big Corporate Pharmacies?

Does anyone know, is it a requirement for community pharmacies to have:
Bag-valve-mask system (eg ambubag, airviva, etc)
Normal saline, giving set, IV cannulas (and staff with skills to cannulate)
+2 # Andrew Baird 2021-02-03 13:23
USA data indicate that the rate of anaphylaxis to Pfizer vaccine is 11 in 1 million. Low absolute risk, but 10 times greater than the risk of anaphylaxis with influenza vaccine.

Competence to recognise, diagnose, and manage anaphylaxis is implied in the Standards for General Practice for accredited general practices, so it's not necessary to have a separate accreditation for this.

The EOI for pharmacies should include self-certificat ion: 'The vaccinators at this Pharmacy have the skills and equipment to recognise, diagnose, and manage anaphylaxis'. Also, pharmacies will need a special authorisation to administer COVID-19 vaccines, as their accreditation with State/Territory health departments is restricted to a limited range of vaccines (eg influenza, MMR, boostrix, etc). GP Clinics can adminster any vaccine - except YF - that's restricted to certified Clinics.

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