Pharmacists and other primary healthcare professionals are often the first point of call for patient’s vaccine related questions. Pharmacists are invited to learn more about how public perception and the perceived risk of clinical side effects, such as thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS), can impact the success of mass scale vaccine programs, including the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

The session titled ‘Confidently answering your patient’s COVID-19 vaccine questions: thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome’ will provide pharmacists with an update on the challenges of deploying a new large-scale COVID-19 vaccination program in Australia.

An infectious diseases physician and clinical microbiologist, Associate Professor Paul Griffin is the Director of Infectious Diseases at Mater Heath Services. A/Prof Griffin also has appointments as Medical Director at Nucleus Network (formerly Q-Pharm) where he is the Principal Investigator on five COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials He is also an Associate Professor at the University of Queensland.

Dr. Griffin said thanks to the volume of misinformation easily available to the public online 24/7, as frontline healthcare workers pharmacists often have to deal with public perception driven by media and social media influences, rather than clinical facts. Dr. Griffin said he was pleased to provide pharmacists with an update at APP2021 (Thursday 20 May) on this critical topic so they can better support patients during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“The clinical update will detail potential vaccine side effects in patients, including the risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS).”
“I hope that community pharmacists can leave my session feeling confident in answering patient’s questions about the COVID-19 vaccine,” Dr. Griffin said.

With just over than two weeks until APP2021, pharmacists are encouraged to attend to get the latest COVID-19 vaccine rollout updates firsthand from the leaders in charge of the rollout.

Kos Sclavos AM, APP Convenor, said that the industry would have the unique opportunity to receive face-to-face updates from the Federal Government, including the Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health and Aged Care and the Hon Mark Butler MP, Shadow Minister for Health and Aged Care.

“Queensland’s Chief Health Officer, Dr. Jeannette Young, is speaking and the program has a myriad of vaccination updates, including the promotion and pitfalls of COVAX.”

“Vaccine hesitancy is a growing issue and as pharmacists we need to be armed with the facts to support our patients. Only at APP will you receive the absolute latest and most up to date news.”

“I’d hate for any attendees to miss out on these vital updates. If you haven’t already, view the APP program and book your APP2021 registration at www.appconference.com. See you at APP.”


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