Do you have questions about a Covid 19 Vaccine?

Do you have questions about a Covid 19 Vaccine?

Pharmacy news

30-07-2021

I’m Mitch Timms, pharmacist at Berwick Pharmacy and we are seeing first hand how interested many of our patients are in getting their Covid 19 vaccine. Lots of questions so here are a few of them with my answers. Please come into our our pharmacies at Berwick and Eden Rise if you need further information. Both pharmacies have been accredited to administer the Covid 19 vaccine (at this stage just the Astra Zeneca) and we are waiting now for the official starting date. You’ll be able to make a vaccination booking on our websites (Berwick Pharmacy or Eden Rise Pharmacy).
 
I’ll answer a few common questions in this post, beginning with the older ones.
 
1. COVID-19 is just like a cold or flu, why do we need to keep our distance and wear masks when we will recover in a few days?
Symptoms: Whilst the symptoms of COVID-19 present similiar to the cold or flu, it spreads much more rapidly, therefore higher portions of the population are infected, including out most vulnerable (the elderly), who are more likely to have severe symptoms, hospitalisations and die from COVID-19
 
2. Social distance and Masks: Whilst there is some evidence to suggest COVID-19 can be transmitted via air, the majority of transmissions is through droplets in the air, these are droplets that an infected patient expells from their mouth and nose can travel up to ~1 metre, this is why 1.5m distancing helps prevent transmission. Masks aid by trapping the droplets in the mask fibres and reducing the chance of transmission
 
3. I’ve been told to quarantine for 14 days, but I feel fine, why do I need to isolate if I don’t have any symptoms?
Whilst you don’t currently feel sick, you may become symptomatic in the next 11-12 days post exposure to COVID-19.
Some people don’t get symptoms, or only have mild symptoms, whilst they are still infectious, this can be passed on through fleeting contact with anyone else. Staying home for 14 days protects everyone, including your closest friends and family.
 
4. The vaccines have been rapidly produced, they have not been properly tested!
The vaccines have gone through the standard testing and clinical trial phases as any new medicine or vaccine must go through. Most of the currently available COVID-19 vaccines have used technology that was being used for other diseases. For example, the Astra Zeneca vaccine is a reutilised technology that was in production for SARS (SARS -COV-1), considering COVID-19 is SARS-COV-2, it is not a big leap adapting the vaccine.
The clinical trials have not been rushed, in fact, the clinical trials of these vaccines have incorporated greater numbers of participants in the studies, therefore the progression from Phase 1 trials to phase 2 trials then on to phase 3 trials could be accelerated. Phase 2 and Phase 3 trials were able to overlap because of the worldwide health crisis, but no shortcut was made in the evaluation of safety, optimum dosage or efficacy.
 

Don’t forget to wear your mask – we are still open

Don’t forget to wear your mask – we are still open

Pharmacy news

22-07-2021

We’re open as normal during the Covid shutdown but please remember to wear your mask in the pharmacy. This protects you and of course others.

It’s hard not to touch your face mask once it’s on, but it’s important in preventing the spread of disease.

So how do you avoid touching your mask? The best place to start is with a mask that fits well.

Pinch the wire over your nose so that it fits snugly, and adjust the straps so that they are tight enough to comfortably hold the mask in place over your mouth and nose.

Hint: You might need to tie a loop in the elastic on both sides if it is too long, or snip and re-sew if you are handy with a needle and thread.

And if you absolutely need to adjust your mask or scratch your nose? Thoroughly wash or sanitise your hands immediately afterwards.

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It’s July and we have a Surprise Voucher Giveaway!

It’s July and we have a Surprise Voucher Giveaway!

Pharmacy news

05-07-2021

Simply scan your PharmaSave Rewards Card when you shop with us during July, and win one of *50* surprise $10 vouchers.
Offer from 1st to 31st July. Vouchers are for $10, must be redeemed in one transaction and expire on 31st July. Vouchers cannot be used on prescription medicines.
T&Cs apply. See instore for details.
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Ash is the new manager of our Gallery Cafe

Ash is the new manager of our Gallery Cafe

Pharmacy news

15-06-2021

We’d like to officially welcome Ash to the @berwickpharmacy family! Ash is the new manager of our Gallery Cafe, and will be working alongside Verlinda, Jenny, Rebekah and Cassie.
Ash loves spending time with his family and their two dogs. He enjoys sports such as footy, basketball and motor sports, and loves tenpin bowling.
We asked Ash how he was settling in, and he replied,
“I absolutely love my job! It’s the first time in years I can honestly say that. I love coming to work everyday. The staff and the customers are so awesome!! Everyone has been so welcoming. And the customers are great. They are a wonderful bunch of people!”
We’re so excited to have Ash join our team, and now that the Gallery Cafe is back welcome customers for dine in again, please say hi, and don’t forget to check in with the QR code or ask for help if needed.
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Flu season has already started

Flu season has already started

Pharmacy news

12-05-2021

Flu season has already started, so protect yourself and your family with a flu vaccine.
Flu vaccines for ages 10 and older are available now, and can be booked online. Yes, this includes vaccines for people aged 65 and older.
– Subject to availability of the appropriate vaccine and a trained pharmacist.
– Cost $25 per person.
At an administration cost of $15 per person, government-subsidised flu vaccines are also available for those eligible, including people who:
– have chronic medical conditions
– are pregnant
– are of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander descent.
You must ensure there is a break of at least 14 days between having your flu vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine.
Note – those eligible may obtain their flu vaccines from their GP, and this may be bulk-billed.
Appointments preferred, but walk-ins available. Book via your Medadvisor app or via our booking link here.
 
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Welcome to the family Paola And Joy

Welcome to the family Paola And Joy

Pharmacy news

04-05-2021

We’re so excited to be stocking this gorgeous range of Australian homewares which includes vases, pots and serving trays.
With their simply beautiful pieces featuring eye-catching designs in natural shades, they will look fabulous in any home, or make a perfect gift for Mother’s Day.
photo credit @paolaandjoy