Following news that the UK has offered a COVID-19 vaccine to everyone in their top four priority groups, with more than 15 million people having received their first dose, RPS President Sandra Gidley said:
“Today marks an incredible achievement for our nation and this milestone shows just how hard healthcare staff are working in the fight against coronavirus.
“Pharmacists across hospital, GP practice and community sites have stepped up to support the delivery of this programme and we are immensely proud of the professionalism shown across our profession. A huge amount of work has gone on behind-the-scenes at strategic and operational levels to ensure efficiency and safety in the vaccine rollout. We salute the role of our colleagues in making this programme a success.
“Now, as we move into the next phase of the vaccination programme, we look forward to playing our part in expanding this programme more widely. As more people become eligible to receive vaccines in the coming weeks, pharmacists will continue to play a vital role in the programme as well as encouraging uptake, particularly in communities where there are significant health challenges.
“There is still some way to go in this pandemic but the whole of the pharmacy workforce is working hard to support the nation’s health.”