High street pharmacies are set to start offering patients the vital coronavirus vaccines in a bid to get Brits jabbed.
Downing Street wants 15 million vulnerable patients inoculated by the middle of February.
The ambitious target will be helped as two Boots and Superdrug branches will be among those to start offering vaccination services from today.
Six local pharmacies will be given supplies to start jabbing elderly and vulnerable locals.
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, alongside Boots in Halifax, and Superdrug in Guildford.
Those who are eligible for a vaccine will be contacted and invited to make an appointment through a new national booking service.
The six pharmacies have been picked because they can deliver large volumes of the vaccine and allow for social distancing, and Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it is “fantastic” that jabs will 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.
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By the end of the month more than 200 community chemists with capacity for 1,000 doses a week 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.
It comes after Boris relented to calls for 24/7 vaccination services and told MPs they were on their way.
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The PM wants people in the four most vulnerable groups by the middle of next month.
To get there “we will be going 24/7 as soon as we can”, Boris told parliament on Wednesday.
More than 2.6 million people in the UK have now received their first dose of the medicine.
That includes care home residents and workers, NHS frontline staff, the over 70s and anybody who is extremely clinically vulnerable.
It is hoped that all adults will be offered the chance of a jab by the autumn.
Meanwhile, the UK saw its highest number of daily deaths since the pandemic began.
Tovernment announced yesterday a further 1,564 deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test.
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