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Community pharmacies in Northern Ireland to offer Covid vaccine by end of March

Community pharmacies in Northern Ireland will join the Covid-19 vaccination programme from the end of this month, the health minister announced yesterday (18 March). According to the Department of Hearth in Northern Ireland, over 300 pharmacies have signed up to be part of the scheme, which is due to begin on 30 March. However, it…
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Covid vaccine self-referral system extended to pharmacy teams

The self-referral booking system for Covid-19 vaccination has been extended to pharmacy staff in England for a limited time, according to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS). The service, set up by NHS England, was initially introduced for social care workers, and has now been extended to ensure that all frontline healthcare workers who want the…
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Community pharmacies could be key players in an annual Covid vaccine rollout, says study

Large numbers of community pharmacies have not been involved in the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine programme, so far – but they could be key players in an annual rollout of the vaccine, according to new research. The research study (PERISCOPE), which has not yet been peer-reviewed, looked at how community pharmacies could help to…
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Asda in-store pharmacy approved to deliver Covid vaccine

Asda has been commissioned by NHS England to provide Covid vaccinations from an in-store pharmacy in Birmingham, the supermarket chain has announced. Vaccinations will be administered by pharmacy staff to priority groups from 25 January, it said. The Birmingham supermarket is adapting its clothing department to make space for the vaccination centre, Asda said, which…
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All over 50s in Wales to receive Covid vaccine ‘by Spring’

All over 50s and those considered clinically vulnerable in Wales will have been offered a Covid-19 vaccine by the spring ‘subject to supply’, the health minister for Wales has said. Vaughan Gething unveiled the Welsh Government’s vaccine strategy yesterday (11 January) It also outlined plans to offer a vaccine to all health and social care…
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‘Large and small’ pharmacies to be used in Covid vaccine rollout

Both large and small community pharmacies will be used to support primary care networks (PCNs) in the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccination programme, the Government has confirmed. This comes as part of the UK Covid-19 vaccines delivery plan, which was published today ( 11 January) and details how the Government plans to immunise ‘tens of…
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Former PM joins sector calls for Government to involve all pharmacies in Covid vaccine rollout

More pharmacies should be utilised in the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine, the former Labour prime minister Tony Blair told news viewers yesterday (3 January). Speaking on Sky News, Mr Blair said the UK could ‘vaccinate the entire population in a matter of weeks’ if all services – including more pharmacies – were used. As…
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Pharmacy staff to be prioritised for Covid vaccine based on clinical risk

Pharmacy staff will be prioritised for Covid vaccination based on their personal risk level, exposure and amount of contact with vulnerable people, the UK Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has said. The UK JCVI’s latest prioritisation list, updated today (3 December), maintains frontline health and social care staff as the second priority, while…
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UK to have 14 million doses of Covid vaccine ready by end of year

The UK may be able to launch a Covid vaccination campaign before the end of the year, the chair of the UK vaccine taskforce has confirmed. Vaccines pre-procured by the UK Government are already being manufactured, with the NHS set to be able to start administering them as soon as they are approved for use,…
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Vallance: ‘Likely’ Covid vaccine will become available in ‘first half of next year’

Pharmacists and GPs could be delivering a Covid-19 vaccine programme before next summer, as Government experts set out their first time-frame for ‘promising’ late-stage trials. The Government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said in a televised briefing to the nation this morning that a vaccine could become available before the end of this year….
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