Delivery of life-saving Covid-19 jabs will begin today at six new vaccine sites in Greater Manchester to be run by popular high street community pharmacies – as the NHS accelerates the biggest vaccination programme in its history.
These new sites will support efforts to get the vaccine out to those in high risk groups, as quickly as possible. Locations include a sports club and a community centre.
- Everest Pharmacy, 117B Withington Road, Whalley Range, Manchester M16 8EE
- Whalley Range Cricket and Tennis Club, Kingsbrook Road, Whalley Range, Manchester M16 8NR (operated by Wilbraham Pharmacy)
- MMC College, 20 Humphrey Street, Cheetham Hill, Manchester M8 9JR (operated by Wellfield Pharmacy)
- Superdrug, 7-9 Piccadilly, Manchester M1 1LZ
- The Larkhill Centre, Thorley Lane, Timperley, Altrincham WA15 7AZ (operated by Timperley Pharmacy)
- Hollowood Chemist, 11 Mesnes Street, Wigan WN1 1QP
The new pharmacy run sites join – the vaccination site at the Etihad campus, 15 hospital hubs and 55 GP-led sites – in rolling out the Greater Manchester Covid-19 vaccination programme.
Jane Pilkington, director for population health, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, said:
“We have already made real progress in delivering the Covid-19 vaccine across Greater Manchester. This will be expanded significantly as we ramp up delivery in the weeks ahead with our new pharmacy-led vaccine sites playing a key part. As trusted members of the local communities they serve, our pharmacy teams continue to work tirelessly to provide a vital service during this pandemic, often acting as the first port of call for expert health advice. So, it is fitting that they will have a critical role in delivering the Covid-19 vaccine.”
“I know there is a great deal of anticipation around the Covid-19 vaccine but remember all sites are operating on an appointment only basis. To allow teams to operate safely and maintain social distancing please don’t arrive without booking first. The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine.”
Luvjit Kandula, director of pharmacy transformation, Greater Manchester Local Pharmaceutical Committee (GMLPC), said:
“GMLPC represents 603 community pharmacies in Greater Manchester. We are pleased to see our pharmacists playing a role in delivering the NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme alongside our GP colleagues and other providers, supporting local patients and communities.”
“Community pharmacy has a vital role in supporting the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine. We welcome the first wave of community pharmacies going live to support the national effort in delivering the programme.”
The new pharmacy operated sites will initially be vaccinating people aged 75 and over, who have received a letter inviting them to book an appointment, along with frontline health and social care workers. This is in line with prioritisation agreed at a national level.
The range of different locations available in Greater Manchester means that people can choose the option that will work best for them once they are invited to book an appointment. Those who do not wish to have their jab at the Etihad vaccination centre or a pharmacy run site can wait to receive an invitation from their GP practice.