We’re closing early on Friday Dec 3

We’re closing early on Friday Dec 3

Pharmacy news

02-12-2021

We are closing our store a little early on Friday 3rd November to allow our staff to attend our Christmas party.
After the year we’ve all had, we are definitely ready to celebrate!
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Latest on Pfizer booster vaccines at Berwick Pharmacy

Latest on Pfizer booster vaccines at Berwick Pharmacy

Pharmacy news

23-11-2021

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. Read More >

1000+ vaccinations given at Berwick Pharmacy

1000+ vaccinations given at Berwick Pharmacy

Pharmacy news

22-10-2021

We’re thrilled that our pharmacists have administered 1000 COVID-19 vaccinations.
To every single person who has rolled up their sleeve to be jabbed, either through our pharmacy or their GP or at a vaccine hub, we say thank you.
Thank you for protecting yourself. Thank you for protecting the more vulnerable members of our community. Thank you for helping Victoria to come out of lockdown.
 
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WAITLIST FOR SPARE MODERNA DOSES

WAITLIST FOR SPARE MODERNA DOSES

Pharmacy news

04-10-2021

The Moderna vaccine comes in vials with 10 doses and only has a limited expiry date once the vials are open.
We may have “spare” doses at the end of each day after we have finished our appointments.
We are starting a waitlist for these spare doses.
On days when we do have spare doses, our staff will ring you to see if you’re available to come in.
We hope this will result in people being vaccinated earlier, and less wastage of our vaccines.
If you would like to be added to our waitlist, please ring us on 9707-1555.
 
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We are open Grand Final Day

We are open Grand Final Day

Pharmacy news

23-09-2021

Friday is the public holiday for Grand Final Day, so please note our changed opening hours.
Also, Darren wanted to add GO DOGS!!! 🐶❤️🤍💙🐶
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Moderna vaccine on the way

Moderna vaccine on the way

Pharmacy news

15-09-2021

Australia’s community pharmacy network has been activated to participate in the national COVID-19 vaccine roll-out. On-boarded pharmacies have commenced administering the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in approximately 2,500 community pharmacies. Community pharmacists will commence administering the Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccine from late September (subject to regulatory approvals).

Berwick Pharmacy is an approved pharmacy for COVID-19 vaccines, we will update our timeline for Moderna delivery as soon as we know. Remember though that the best vaccine you can have is the one you can have right now.

ASTRA ZENECA COVID-19 VACCINES AVAILABLE NOW AT BERWICK PHARMACY

ASTRA ZENECA COVID-19 VACCINES AVAILABLE NOW AT BERWICK PHARMACY

Pharmacy news

09-08-2021

We are excited to be able to offer Astra Zeneca vaccines to people aged 18 years old and over.
Free of charge. First and second doses available.
Bookings available
– Monday to Friday 10am to 7pm
– Saturdays and Sundays, depending on availability of a trained pharmacist
Bookings preferred, but walk-ins available. Book here 
 
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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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