Birmingham news Asda to give in-store Covid-19 vaccinations - with Birmingham branch first MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Asda is currently assessing other sites the inoculations can be administered at, with the help of NHS England and the government, it added in a statement
Breaking News ! Asda will be the first supermarket in the UK to rollout in-store Covid vaccinations - with a Birmingham branch selected to be first. The supermarket was selected by NHS England to operate a vaccination centre from an in-store pharmacy in Birmingham. Roger Burnley, Asda CEO and president, said: “We are incredibly proud to provide this service and are keen to do all we can to help the NHS and Government accelerate the rollout of the vaccination programme." Mr Burnley added: “We have an extensive nationwide logistics network that could support the storage and distribution of the vaccine and our highly-trained pharmacy colleagues are experienced in delivering large vaccination programmes, having recently provided nearly 200,000 flu jabs to members of the public." Asda is transforming its George department to make space for the vaccination centre - which will operate 8am to 8pm, seven days a week and have the capacity to administer 250 jabs per day. Asda is currently assessing other sites the inoculations can be administered at, with the help of NHS England and the government, it added in a statement. The supermarket giant - which was sold last year - will help with the rollout of the Pfizer /BioNTech vaccine programme. Anybody in a key priority group will receive an NHS appointment and can then subsequently choose an Asda store to receive their jab. Asda customers are being urged NOT to directly contact stores.
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Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine will accelerate over the coming weeks as more supplies become available. Mr Hancock told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme that 2.3 million people across the UK had received the jab and health services were "on track" to deliver it to 14 million by mid-February. "The rate-limiting step on the rollout is the supply of the vaccine itself. We are now managing to get that supply more than we have done before and it will increase over the next few weeks," he said.
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"We have the capacity to get that vaccine out. The challenge is that we need to get the vaccine in. "What I know is that the supply will increase over the next few weeks and that means the very rapid rate that we are going at at the moment will continue to accelerate over the next couple of weeks."
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