England’s high street pharmacies are starting to roll out Covid vaccines as the number of virus deaths across the UK rose above 100,000.
Boots and Superdrug branches will be among the six stores across the UK that will be able to manage jabs from Thursday, while the government aims to achieve its goal of vaccinating all people in the four most vulnerable groups in the middle of Next month.
Andrews Pharmacy in Macclesfield, Cullimore Chemist in Edgware, north London, Woodside Pharmacy in Telford and Appleton Village pharmacy in Widnes will be in the first group to hand out the injections along with Boots in Halifax and Superdrug in Guildford.
Boris Johnson also told MPs that distribution “will go to 24/7 as soon as we can”
The Scottish Government announced its vaccine delivery plan on Wednesday night, with information on how many doses it expects to receive for each week until the end of May, which has led to a series with London refusing to publish its figures.
The six pharmacies have been selected because they can supply large quantities of the vaccine and allow for social distance, and Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it was “fantastic” that there would be jabs on the main street.
“Pharmacies sit in the heart of the communities and will make a big difference to our rollout program by offering even more local, convenient locations for those eligible to get their jab,” he said.
By the end of the month, more than 200 chemists in the community will be able to give vaccines, according to NHS England.
The pharmacies join the 200 hospitals, around 800 GP clinics and seven mass vaccination centers where jabs are already being distributed.
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer urged ministers to go ahead and use England’s 11,500 pharmacies to deliver 24 – hour vaccinations by the end of next month.
The expanded vaccination service in the UK comes as the daily reported number of deaths in the UK reached a new high on Wednesday with 1,564 deaths recorded within 28 days of a positive test.
The latest figures meant that the grim milestone of more than 100,000 deaths involving coronavirus has now been passed in the UK, according to official data.