Darren Pountney, a partner at Berwick Pharmacy, was interviewed by The Age about why we are not yet offering Pfizer booster vaccines.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have strived to continue to provide the best service we can, under very challenging, and often changing circumstances.
To date, we are proud to have given over 1200 doses of Astra Zeneca and Moderna vaccines, up to 50 jabs per day at the peak. Our pharmacists sometimes spent up to an hour with patients who were needle-phobic or needed extra support. And we love that after that time and care, those people walked out having been vaccinated, protecting themselves and the community.
Our staff have done an amazing job especially given we never had any extra staff (and often had less staff due to furloughs and much-needed annual leave). Everyone is slightly exhausted and the additional requirements of the Pfizer vaccine would add to the workload, for very little remuneration, significantly less than GPs get for the same work.
We need to protect our team and do not want them to burn out. The government need to show respect for the pharmacists who have stepped up during the pandemic and fund them appropriately.