West Sussex pharmacy begins to offer Covid-19 vaccinations - In pictures
Covid-19 vaccinations have started to be delivered to residents from a pharmacy in West Sussex today (Friday, January 29).
Based in Midhurst Memorial Hall, the first pharmacy-led vaccination centre in West Sussex will administer ‘well above’ the minimum 1,000 doses per week.
Midhurst Pharmacy owner Raj Rohilla said: “I’m very proud to be using my years of experience in community pharmacy to set up a new pharmacy-led vaccination centre from Midhurst Memorial Hall.
“I’ve worked hard to ensure everyone coming through our doors will have a good patient experience and feel safe. We have the capacity, working with support from our fantastic community team, to administer well above the minimum 1,000 doses per week.
“Delivering at such high volumes, along with our colleagues in primary care, will make a significant difference to the vaccination programme in Sussex, and by using a separate site at the Memorial Hall, Midhurst Pharmacy can continue to deliver normal pharmacy services without interruption.”
Mark Donaghy, chairman of West Sussex Local Pharmaceutical Committee, said having a community pharmacy-led Covid-19 vaccination centre in operation will provide ‘fantastic provision for the area’.
He added: “It’s great to see the first pharmacy-led vaccination centre go live in West Sussex. We know Raj and his team will provide an excellent service to the population of Midhurst.
“Pharmacists across the county are ready and willing to participate in the vaccination programme, so this is a positive step.
“We know that patients value local access and call upon NHS England to allow all West Sussex pharmacies to administer the Covid vaccine. We know that pharmacies can make a significant contribution to the national vaccination efforts.”
As with all vaccine centres, people shouldn’t just turn up to receive a jab. You will receive a letter, inviting you to book a vaccine appointment through the online NHS booking service.