The Newcastle-based president of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia says local pharmacies should be given the all clear to administer COVID vaccines.

Chelsea Felkai has told Fairfax community pharmacies already have the infrastructure in place to deliver the vaccine now, so it makes more sense to use them rather than spend money on a vaccination centre at Belmont.

She says the Society is also working on a proposal to NSW Health to allow pharmacies to deliver the vaccine in regional and rural areas where there were few, if any health services available to offer the jab.

Chelsea Felkai