Quote from ACT Gov Page
On 6 January 2020 it was announced that P2/N95 masks are being delivered to pharmacies and will be available for people who are most at risk of the health impacts of exposure to the smoke from tomorrow 7 January 2020. Masks will also be available through the Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service for their clients.
This is the small supply of P2/N95 masks provided by the Commonwealth Government for the ACT.
The groups of particularly sensitive individuals who will be able to access these masks, if they choose, include:
- people with existing chronic lung and heart conditions, such as asthma, chronic bronchitis or emphysema, and heart disease
- all pregnant women, and
- people over 65 years of age.
Each eligible person will receive two masks at the pharmacy.
ACT Health recommends that people with lung condition, such as chronic obstructive airways disease, asthma or emphysema, and people with chronic heart conditions, should seek advice from their medical practitioner prior to using these masks.
In regards to retail sales of masks, some are available at Canberra pharmacies and hardware stores.
List of retailers with stock of P2 Masks for purchase:
As of 2.30pm, here's where masks were available to buy:
The Pharmacy On Petrie (Canberra Centre)
The Pharmacy On Northbourne (Canberra City)
The Pharmacy on Franklin (Manuka)
Develin's City Chemist
Priceline Pharmacy Canberra Centre
Capital Chemist Lyneham
Capital Chemist Calwell
Capital Chemist Palmerston
Capital Chemist Southlands
Project Lighting (Phillip)
Hip Pocket (Phillip)
Haymes Paint (Mitchell)
Eyecentric Optometrist (Manuka)
Please note this list may be incomplete or out of date.
A Capital Chemists spokeswoman said they got 300 on Monday afternoon, with more to arrive on Tuesday morning.