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Campaign urges people to book for flu and Covid vaccinations

The Government has today launched a new campaign urging people to come forward for flu and Covid jabs ‘as soon as possible’ when eligible. It follows a recent survey of 3,000 people that revealed almost one third (32%) of participants did not realise flu and Covid can co-exist and over a quarter (26%) were unaware flu…
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Pharmacists to ‘support’ rollout of school Covid vaccinations

A school-based Covid vaccination programme is to start next week, offering children aged 12-15 years old one dose of the Pfizer Covid vaccine, ministers have confirmed. The programme will be ‘supported’ by community pharmacies and GPs. It comes after unanimous advice from the UK’s four chief medical officers which recommended the move. The healthy 12-15…
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Covid vaccinations: hard work for high rewards

Pharmacist Ashley Cohen shares his experience of setting up and running Covid vaccination services, and advises his peers that the pay-off for what will inevitably a tough slog to start with will be well worth it I’ve talked before about the frustration and anger at having to work through a pandemic with limited funding and lack of perceived…
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Covid vaccinations: ‘This work has hugely impacted me as a pharmacist’

Sobha Sharma Kandel, senior clinical prescribing pharmacist and co-owner of Woolwich Late Night Pharmacy says she has shared poignant moments with patients attending for their Covid vaccinations In December 2020, when NHS England first asked for expressions of interest from community pharmacies to run a Covid vaccination clinic, I was enthusiastic and ready to apply….
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Cancer care service: ‘We’ve been helping patients having chemotherapy to access their Covid vaccinations’

Jackie Lewis, owner, superintendent pharmacist director and IP at Lewis Pharmacy in Exmouth, Devon, talks to Saša Janković about running a cancer care service. Service type: Cancer care service. Name and location of pharmacy: Lewis Pharmacy, Exmouth, Devon. Name of superintendent pharmacist: Jackie Lewis (co-owner with husband Martyn). When did you start offering this service? About six…
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‘Being overlooked for Covid vaccinations has disappointed us on a personal level’

Nat Mitchell, pharmacist and director of JWW Allisons Chemist in Cockermouth, says vaccination services are one of his favourite aspects of the job – so it’s been frustrating to be sidelined from the Covid programme. ‘I can’t wait until I’m back here getting my Covid jab from you’ This was what we heard repeatedly from…
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Independent pharmacy teams up with local university to deliver Covid vaccinations

An independent community pharmacy in West Lancashire has partnered with a local university to set up a Covid vaccination site. Aspire Pharmacy, part of the Alamaz group, will begin vaccinating eligible patients from the local population on the Edge Hill University campus in Ormskirk later this week (4 February). Ali Dalal, superintendent pharmacist at Aspire…
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More Welsh Health Boards reach out to pharmacies to assist with Covid vaccinations

Six of the seven Welsh Health Boards have now invited pharmacies to submit expressions of interest in delivering Covid vaccinations, Community Pharmacy Wales (CPW) has said. It comes after CPW wrote to Wales’ health minister last week (14 January) expressing concern that only one of the Health Boards – Hywel Dda – had so far…
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First pharmacy sites start Covid vaccinations

Four independent pharmacies are among the first pharmacy-led sites to start administering Covid vaccinations today (14 January), NHS England has announced. Andrews Pharmacy in Macclesfield, Appleton Village Pharmacy in Widnes, Cullimore Chemist in Edgware, and Woodside Pharmacy in Telford have all been approved as pilot sites, it said. They will be joined by Boots Pharmacy…
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NHS England lining up 200 pharmacy sites to deliver Covid vaccinations

NHS England is currently assessing 200 pharmacy sites to be used to deliver the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in the coming weeks, it has confirmed. NHS England confirmed to the Pharmacist today (7 January) that it is currently assessing the 200 sites, some of which will begin delivering the Oxford vaccine from next week. Pharmacists were invited…
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