As England is in national lockdown to help curb the spread of coronavirus, vaccinations are another arsenal in the toolkit to fight this deadly disease. Here are the latest details about it all.
A spokesperson for the high street pharmacy said: “Superdrug is proud to confirm that it is supporting the NHS with the roll-out of the biggest vaccination programme in its history – and critically helping the NHS reach the first key target of delivering 13 million vaccinations in February. “
Michael Henry, Superdrug’s Healthcare Director commented: “We are the only high street retailer with a team of highly qualified nurses who, together with our pharmacists, have decades of experience of delivering mass vaccination services.”
During the nuerous waves of the pandemic, Henry is proud Superdrug’s nurses have volunteered in “hospitals, the wider community and blood transfusion centres”.
“We are now supporting the roll-out of its critical vaccination programme to help people most at risk from coronavirus,” he added.
Superdrug says it will need two consultation rooms at each location, including a portable pharmacy outside, as confirmed by the BBC.
The high street store is looking to deliver 1,000 vaccines a week at Broadmead site in Bristol to help the government achieve it’s ambitious vaccination goal.
Out of the two vaccines currently in circulation in England – the Oxford/AstraZeneca and Pfzifer/BioNTech – it’s the former that is going to be adminstered by Superdrug pharmacies.
Thus far, 1.3 million Brits have already received either the Pfizer or Oxford jab, according The Sun.
The government aims to vaccinate more than 13 million people by mid-February in the hopes of relaxing the rules and returning to normal life.
When Prime Minsiter Boris Johnson addressed the nation on Monday, January 4, he plunged England into a new national lockdown – supported in law – from Wednesday, January 6.
Who is eligible for the coronavirus jab?
Superdrug confirmed: “The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
It stressed: “As this is not a private service, patients will be contacted by the NHS when they are eligible for their vaccination.”