London Covid: Edgware pharmacy one of the first in England to administer coronavirus vaccine – My London



A pharmacy in North London will be one of the first of its kind to inject customers with the Covid vaccine.

The NHS has given the green light for High Street pharmacies in England, including Cullimore Chemist in Edgware, the go-ahead to administer the jab.

Vinnie, who works at the pharmacy in Glengall Road, told MyLondon that she hopes the shop will be able to give out 120 shots a day between the hours of 8am and 8pm.

Doctors and nurses serving three consultation rooms will be rotated every six hours to meet the target.

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“We will be giving out the Oxford vaccine and hope to do 120 a day,” she said.

“As we haven’t started yet, we will have to see how the logistics go.

“The owner of the chemist put his application through [to the NHS] and he was nominated.

“We are lucky enough to have the space to do so, we have three consultation rooms,” Vinnie said.

Boots and Superdrug branches will be among the six stores across the country which will be able to administer the jabs.

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Boots in Halifax, and Superdrug in Guildford, will be in the first group to hand out the injections, alongside Andrews Pharmacy in Macclesfield, Cullimore Chemist in Edgware, Woodside Pharmacy in Telford and Appleton Village pharmacy in Widnes.

The stores have been picked because they are capable of delivering large volumes of the medicine and allow for social distancing, while still giving a spread across the country.

By the end of the month, more than 200 community chemists will be able to give vaccines, according to NHS England.

The pharmacies join the 200 hospitals, around 800 GP clinics and seven mass vaccination centres where jabs are already being handed out.

Dr Bruce Warner, deputy chief pharmaceutical officer, praised the work of pharmacists and said: “Pharmacy teams have been working incredibly hard throughout the pandemic and, as we accelerate the vaccination programme, they are playing a vital role in delivering the life-saving jabs to those in their communities.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock echoed his thanks and said it was “fantastic” that vaccinations would be available on the high street.

Mr Hancock said: “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.

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“Pharmacists have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic, often acting as the first port of call for medical advice – and often staying open when all around have closed.

“I want to extend my thanks to every pharmacy for their efforts to support the national response to the pandemic and keep people safe.”