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October 2021

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Monash Health pharmacy technician Samantha Pool.

Monash pays tribute to pharmacists

Monash Health has paid tribute to its pharmacy department as it marks the milestone of more than 300,000 COVID-19 vaccinations.

The pharmacy team oversees the process, from receiving the vaccines and delivering them to vax centres – right up to when they are in immunisers’ hands.

A multidisciplinary team consisting of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy students and nurses have worked together to vaccinate employees, patients and the broader community.

While the vaccination program saw a rapid change of pace with the setup of vaccination sites and storage and distribution hubs, ‘the enthusiasm, flexibility and agility of the broader pharmacy team to meet the program needs has made it as seamless as possible,’ said deputy director of pharmacy Tom Chynoweth.

Samantha Pool is a grade three pharmacy technician who has been working at COVID-19 vaccination clinics since the beginning of the program.

Her position involves preparing AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines and completing vial documentation and logistics from the major vaccination hubs.

‘When the vaccination program commenced, we thought 400 daily vaccinations was a huge number,’ Ms Pool said.

‘Once we moved into Sandown Racecourse, our number slowly increased up to 1,000.

‘Flash forward to six months later, our clinic is even bigger and busier.

‘Our new standard daily vaccination number is around 2,500 a day with the capacity to reach 3,500 in the coming months.’