Second wave of community pharmacies join vaccination push

Today another 65 community pharmacy sites join the national effort across the country to vaccinate vulnerable groups against coronavirus as quickly as possible.

Chair of RPS in England Claire Anderson said:

“It’s a proud day as more and more pharmacists help ramp up the NHS vaccination programme by providing local sites where people can get their COVID19 vaccine. It’s fantastic and inspiring to see the speedy progress being made due to the clinical skills of pharmacists.

“The professionalism of pharmacists across hospital, GP practice and community sites who have stepped up to the challenge has been extraordinary. A huge amount of behind-the-scenes work has been done by colleagues across pharmacy to make all the sites a success.

“Community pharmacies are often at the heart of deprived areas where there are higher levels of health challenges and vaccine hesitancy. Local pharmacies are trusted by their communities and can help encourage vaccine uptake through established relationships with their local populations.

“We all want to see priority groups, including pharmacists and their teams, vaccinated as quickly as possible to help reduce the effects of this terrible virus.”

Watch RPS Director for England Ravi Sharma on BBC News on 21 January, talking about the role that pharmacy is playing in the vaccination programme: