Free vaccines now in pharmacies

10 January 2024

Patients no longer have to pay for vaccines at their local community pharmacy after changes to the National Immunisation Program (NIP) came into effect from January 1.

Previously, eligible patients for the NIP faced an administration fee if they received their vaccination at a community pharmacy, but this has been changed in 2024.

The Pharmacy Guild’s National President, Professor Trent Twomey, says the changes will see more pharmacies able to administer more vaccines.

“Australians are now able to ask their pharmacist for all vaccinations on the Commonwealth Government’s National Immunisation Program,” he said.

Professor Twomey says having more pharmacists able to administer the vaccines will free up more appointments at doctors’ surgeries.

“This is great news for Australians, great news for Australian families because it means they no longer have to wait up to four days in a capital city or even four weeks in a rural or regional area to secure an appointment with the general practitioner.”

The changes will mean that patients have greater choice and convenience about where they get their vaccination.

“There is no wrong door, you can continue if you wish to see your doctor but you now have that extra choice to be able to ask your community pharmacist for more vaccinations from January 1,” Professor Twomey said.

Patients wanting to find their nearest community pharmacy can visit Find a Pharmacy.

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