The initial pharmacies – including Boots and Superdrug – have been chosen to help rollout the NHS scheme because they can deliver large volumes of the vaccine and allow for social distancing in the selected stores.
On Thursday, health secretary Matt Hancock said it was “fantastic” that jabs would be available on the high street.
“Pharmacies sit at the heart of local communities and will make a big difference to our rollout programme by providing even more local, convenient places for those that are eligible to get their jab,” he said.
Across the UK, the target is to vaccinate 15 million people in the top four priority groups – care home residents and workers, NHS frontline staff, the over-70s and the extremely clinically vulnerable – by mid-February.
So far more than 2.6 million people in the UK have received their first dose. For the best immunity a second jab is needed within 12 weeks.
The three vaccines – either Oxford-AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna – are being administered at high street pharmacies, hospitals, care homes, GP surgeries and vaccination centres.
Which pharmacies offer the vaccine?
The first roll-out of vaccines in high street pharmacies includes Andrews Pharmacy in Macclesfield, Cullimore Chemist in Edgware, north London, Woodside Pharmacy in Telford, Appleton Village pharmacy in Widnes, Boots in Halifax, and Superdrug in Guildford.
Boots – who will be administering the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine – has announced that two additional vaccination sites in Huddersfield and Gloucester will be opening in the near future, though a date has not yet been set.
Up to 70 more pharmacies will begin taking bookings for appointments for next week, with a view to have 200 branches offering slots by the end of the month, according to NHS England.
Where else can I get the vaccine?
Vaccines are currently being offered at more than 1,000 sites across England, including:
- 200 hospitals
- 800 GP-led services
- Seven mass vaccination centres, one in each English region
An Asda supermarket in Birmingham will also host a vaccination centre, with pharmacy staff giving Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in the store’s former clothing section to priority groups identified by the NHS from 25 January.
The supermarket said it has offered NHS England full use of its 238 in-store pharmacies and pharmacists to assist in rollout of the Oxford vaccine programme as well.