Life-saving coronavirus jabs will begin to be delivered at High Street pharmacies from today as the NHS accelerates the biggest vaccination programme in its history.
Boots, Superdrug and several independent stores will be the first of hundreds of community pharmacies to offer vaccinations protecting against COVID-19.
Two hundred community pharmacies are due to come online over the next fortnight as more vaccine supplies come on stream by the end of the month.
Stores capable of delivering large volumes, while allowing for social distancing, are initially being selected to give the best geographical spread.
Anyone in the highest risk groups who does not want to travel there, or to a large-scale vaccination centre, can wait to be called forward by their local GP or hospital services by 15 February. If that is the case, or if they have received the vaccination through another route since the invitation went out, they do not need to do anything.
Jabs are now being offered at more than 200 hospitals sites along with around 800 GP-led services, with another 200 GP-run sites coming online this week.
Seven large-scale vaccination centres opened this week, one in each NHS region, with dozens more to follow in the coming weeks.
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 pilot sites are:
- Boots, Halifax
- Andrews Pharmacy, Macclesfield
- Appleton Village Pharmacy, Widnes
- Superdrug Pharmacy, Guildford
- Cullimore Chemist, Edgware
- Woodside Pharmacy, Telford
People invited to make an appointment through the new national booking service will be given a choice between a vaccination centre or a pharmacy service.
It will not be possible to use the NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Booking Service if you have not received an invitation letter. Doing so risks someone, who has, not being able to get through and book their appointment.
It will also not be possible to get a vaccine at a vaccination centre or community pharmacy without an appointment. Doing so risks disrupting the work of NHS staff in protecting those at highest risk.