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How to book a free influenza vaccine in Queensland amid ‘mad rush’

Heard about the Queensland government’s free flu vaccine program?

The free jab will be available for the next six weeks. Here’s how the initiative works.

The state government on Monday announced all Queenslanders aged six to 64 would be able to access a free influenza vaccine from their GP or pharmacy from May 24 to June 30.

It comes as the state faces a severe outbreak of influenza A, with more than 7,800 cases reported this year.

The outbreak has prompted Queensland acting chief health officer Peter Aitken to urge people to wear masks again.

Pharmacies

Most pharmacies are offering influenza vaccine bookings on their individual websites.

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If your nearest pharmacy is a member of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, you can find the next available booking nearby on the Guild’s new website www.qldfreevax.com.au.

To find your nearest available vaccine appointment, enter your suburb and the website lists the next available bookings at community pharmacies near you.

A Women With Long Blonde Hair And A Blue Jumper Sneezes In To A Tissue
Queensland is facing a severe influenza outbreak.,Supplied,

Pharmacy Guild Australia Queensland president Chris Owen said there had been a tremendous uptick in the past three days since the free flu jab program was announced.

A Pharmacy Guild Australia spokesperson urged people to be patient, with the offer of free vaccinations open until the end of June.

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