One of Australia’s leading pharmacy chains is offering in-store flu vaccinations administered by nurse practitioners for $13.99.
Chemist Warehouse is advertising the services under the tag line Arm Up Against the Flu and says the shots are at the “lowest prices guaranteed”.
The vaccinations are administered by nurse practitioners, who also write the scripts.
The work is subsidised under the Medicare nurse practitioner attendance items. Customers are told to bring their Medicare card.
Two years ago pharmacy chain Terry White was blasted by the AMA when it started employing nurses to administer in-store vaccinations.
But the move by Chemist Warehouse has now become part of a wider turf war among doctors, pharmacists and nurses over who should and who should not administer flu…