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With the recent announcement that the mass rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations in community pharmacy will be delayed for at least a month, Kos Sclavos AM, APP2021 Convenor and former Guild National President, invited the industry to join him at APP2021 for not-to-be-missed COVID-19 sessions which will help with vaccine rollout preparations.
Mr. Sclavos reassured the pharmacy industry that attendees looking forward to the Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference (APP2021) will receive a 100% refund on their delegate registration fee, should circumstances unexpectantly change due to COVID-19.
“There’s just over seven weeks until the industry reconnects in Queensland on 20-23 May 2021. I encourage attendees to register and take a few days to reconnect at APP before the expected community pharmacy COVID-19 vaccine rollout in June.”
“The four-day educational program includes COVID-19, vaccination and future of pharmacy updates to help prepare your community pharmacy and staff. Take a few days to get the latest updates and professional development before COVID-19 vaccinations commence in pharmacy.”
Mr. Sclavos said additional steps had been taken to ensure there was no risk to delegates’ registration fees.
“We’ve made changes this year to protect all those who have registered by making sure attendees have options if border control measures or government restrictions prevent a delegate from attending.”
“In these circumstances, delegates will have a few options, including the ability to receive a full 100% refund, or transfer their registration to another delegate, at no cost.”
“Attendees can also take advantage of the Federal Government’s tourism support package, which includes half-price domestic travel to the Gold Coast.”
Mr. Sclavos also said organisers have implemented several agile plans to ensure the event itself was COVID Safe.
“An example of our COVID safety is the new seamless and secure check-in and name badge collection experience for attendees.”
“We’ve got airport-style self-check-in for the event, where attendees book a time to get their name badge pass. We encourage everyone to download the Check In Qld App in advance of APP2021, as we’ll be using this contactless, and convenient way to check into the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.”
“We are providing as much space as possible for attendees to enjoy the sessions. This year we’ll have additional areas where sessions are live streamed so everyone is comfortable, and no one misses out on the crucial educational content that APP provides.”
“Along with various other measures, we’ll be ensuring sanitiser and face masks (if needed) are on-hand for all attendees.”
“We’re taking every precaution to make APP2021 as COVID Safe as possible,” said Mr. Sclavos, “I’ve had my first COVID-19 vaccine injection and I encourage my colleagues to do the same before APP.”
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