Selected Blooms The Chemist pharmacies are approved vaccination providers for the COVID-19 vaccination.
We are happy to help provide COVID-19 immunisation for our local area and wider community.
Our pharmacists undertake significant training to deliver vaccinations, to support the health outcomes of all Australians.
Our number one goal is to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the community.
What COVID-19 vaccinations are pharmacies providing?
Australian pharmacies including Blooms The Chemist are providing the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca (ChAdOx1-S).
The AstraZeneca vaccine that you receive in the pharmacy is the same AstraZeneca vaccine you would receive at any other clinic.
Why should I get my COVID-19 Vaccination at my local pharmacy?
Providing access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines to everyone living in Australia seeking to be vaccinated is a key priority of the Australian COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Community pharmacies are a critical partner in achieving this goal and in providing comprehensive primary health care for people in Australia.
Receiving a vaccination at your local Blooms The Chemist will assist in speeding up the national rollout and may help relieve strain on other health service providers, like hospitals and GPs.
What happens when I get my vaccination?
Once you arrive in store, a team member will ask for your name, Medicare Card and will assess your eligibility for the vaccination. You will be asked to complete a pre-screening and consent form.
Once this process is completed, the pharmacist will invite you into the consult room for your vaccination.
After the vaccination, you will be asked to wait in the dedicated observation area for 15 minutes. During the 15 minutes, the pharmacist staff will assist you in booking your second appointment and you will have a chance to read the post vaccination information leaflet.
Please bring your current Medicare Card and Photo ID to your appointment.
How long will it take?
The vaccination service should take less them 30 minutes to complete. This will depend on how long it takes to complete the pre-screening and consent process.
Can I get Pfizer vaccination at a pharmacy?
The Pfizer vaccine is not currently available in pharmacy
Who will be vaccinating me?
A qualified, trained Pharmacist or Nurse will be providing you with your vaccination.
Do I need a Medicare card?
Yes. Pharmacists can only vaccinate people with a valid Medicare card.
Do I need to pay for my vaccination?
No. The vaccination is free. Pharmacists can only vaccinate people with a valid Medicare card.
What happens if I have an adverse reaction?
All pharmacists and vaccination team members are trained in recognising and treating adverse events. You will be asked to remain in the pharmacy for 15 minutes after your vaccination for observation and monitoring. If you are feeling unwell after your vaccination please notify one of our team members immediately. Once you leave the pharmacy, please contact your GP, pharmacy or emergency department if you develop any symptoms.
The Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA) validates the safety and approvals of medicines in Australia. Before a COVID-19 vaccine is approved for use in Australia, it must pass the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) rigorous assessment and approval processes.
As doses will initially be limited, access to vaccines during the early period of the rollout will be made available to highest priority groups. Click here for information on the COVID-19 vaccine national rollout phases.
Community pharmacies are a critical partner in supporting the rollout of the national COVID-19 vaccination program and in providing comprehensive primary health care for people in Australia.
Final pharmacy locations in the rollout from Phase 2A will be approved and determined by the Australian Government Department of Health, in liaison with states and territories, the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.
The COVID-19 vaccine will be administered in the community pharmacy setting by appropriately COVID-19 vaccine trained health professionals, in accordance with state/territory regulations.
The above information has been shared from the Australian Government Department of Health.