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NI booster programme ‘primarily’ delivered through pharmacies and GP surgeries

The Covid vaccine booster programme in Northern Ireland will be delivered mostly through community pharmacies and GP surgeries, the Department of Health (DH) has announced.   It comes a week after the health minister, Robin Swann, said community pharmacies would now be taking the ‘lead role’ in administering first doses of Covid vaccine across Northern Ireland.   The booster programme is currently underway in care homes and…
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Exclusive: No plans to use Scottish or Welsh pharmacies in booster programme in September

There are currently no plans to use community pharmacies in Scotland or Wales for the rollout of the Covid booster, the Welsh and Scottish Governments have said.  Vaccine programmes are due to begin in September for eligible groups, however, neither Government has confirmed the involvement of the community pharmacy sector.   This comes after the English Government said…
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Exclusive: Pharmacies likely to be heavily involved in annual Covid booster programme

Community pharmacies in Wales are likely to be very involved in an annual Covid booster programme if repeat doses are decided to be necessary, a Government official has confirmed. Speaking to The Pharmacist yesterday (15 December), Andrew Evans, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer in Wales, said it is ‘absolutely the case’ that more pharmacies would be involved…
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Government must use pharmacy ‘more’ in booster programme, says Ashworth

The shadow health secretary is urging ministers to make greater use of community pharmacy to do more Covid vaccines to fix the ‘stalling’ booster vaccination programme.  Speaking outside of Yakub’s Chemist in Leicester on Friday (29 October) Jonathan Ashworth, Leicester South MP, said that the Government needed to enlist ‘more’ community pharmacies to provide vaccines so that more of the population are…
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Select immunosuppressed people should have third vaccine separate to booster programme

A select group of people who are considered severely immunosuppressed should be offered a third dose — or ‘top up’— of the Covid vaccine separate from the national booster programme, the vaccine committee has recommended.   The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has decided that a third dose of the vaccine should be offered to between a select number…
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One-third of all boosters delivered by pharmacies

Pharmacy-led vaccine sites across England have delivered one-third of all booster vaccines, as more sites continue to be commissioned. In an update, published this morning to mark one year since the first vaccine was delivered in a pharmacy, NHS England said that community pharmacies in England had administered 22 million vaccines in total from 1,500…
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More than two-thirds of eligible adults receive booster jab in England

More than two-thirds of eligible adults have so far received their Covid booster jabs, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced. It said today that 25,130,453 over-18s who are three months on from their second dose have already been given a booster in England, after the online booking service opened to eligible adults last…
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Exclusive: More community pharmacies in Wales may deliver booster

More community pharmacies in Wales may be used to deliver Covid boosters to help meet the Government’s new vaccine targets, The Pharmacist has learned. As it stands, very few community pharmacies in Wales are administering the booster and most Covid vaccines are being delivered through hospitals and vaccine centers. However, according to a Welsh Government…
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Covid booster jab: Over-40s invited to book after three months

People aged over 40 and in high-risk groups are being invited to book their Covid booster jabs three months after their second dose from today, NHS England has announced. The online vaccines booking system will be updated this morning, meaning ‘almost seven million’ people will be newly able to book a jab, it said. The…
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Almost 300 additional pharmacies recruited to Covid vaccine programme

Almost 300 more pharmacies have been recruited to deliver the Covid vaccine in the last month, NHS England and Improvement (NHSE&I) have said today (6 December). This means there are 1,300 more pharmacies offering Covid vaccinations compared to February, it also said. There are currently now nearly 3,000 vaccine sites in the country, according to…
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