Manchester news Boots and Superdrug among high street pharmacies giving Covid vaccines Manchester united news
MetiNews.Com - The first pilot sites will start vaccinations today with up to 70 more taking bookings for next week
Breaking News ! Six high street pharmacies will begin administering the coronavirus vaccine from today. One branch of Boots and one branch of Superdrug, as well as four independent stores, will be the first of hundreds of community pharmacies to offer the jab. Two hundred community pharmacies will start to administer the vaccine to those most vulnerable over the next two weeks, according to the NHS. The first pilot sites will start vaccinations today with up to 70 more taking bookings for next week and hundreds opening by the end of the month. The first pharmacy sites to open are: Boots in Halifax Andrews Pharmacy in Macclesfield Appleton Village Pharmacy in Widnes Superdrug Pharmacy in Guildford Cullimore Chemist in Edgware Woodside Pharmacy in Telford The health service said stores capable of delivering large volumes while allowing for social distancing are initially being selected. Anyone in the highest risk groups who does not want to travel can wait to be called forward by their local GP or hospital services by 15 February, the NHS added. Seven large-scale vaccination centres also opened this week, and the government has outlined plans to open a further 43 by the end of the month. Dr Bruce Warner, deputy chief pharmaceutical officer said: “The NHS coronavirus vaccination programme, the biggest in health service history, has got off to a great start with more than 2.4 million jabs delivered. “Pharmacy teams have been working incredibly hard throughout the pandemic and, as we accelerate the vaccination programme, they are playing a vital role in delivering the life-saving jabs to those in their communities.
.” People invited to make an appointment through a new national booking service will be given the choice of getting the vaccine at a vaccination centre or a pharmacy service. However, it will not be possible to use booking service unless you have received an invitation letter.
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Health secretary Matt Hancock said: “It is fantastic that high-street pharmacies will now begin deploying COVID-19 vaccinations. Pharmacies sit at the heart of local communities and will make a big difference to our rollout programme by providing even more local, convenient places for those that are eligible to get their jab. “Pharmacists have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic, often acting as the first port of call for medical advice - and often staying open when all around have closed. I want to extend my thanks to every pharmacy for their efforts to support the national response to the pandemic and keep people safe.” Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said: “Staff across the NHS have pulled out all the stops to help ramp up vaccinations and are working day and night to keep people safe. “Pharmacies play a vital role in caring for the nation and I am really pleased to see them coming on stream to help with the national vaccine roll-out effort.”
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