National Pharmacy Association welcomes first pharmacy COVID jabs and predicts millions more to follow

14 Jan 2021

The National Pharmacy Association has welcomed the news that six pharmacy sites will begin vaccinating people against COVID-19 today (Thursday 14 January) – the first in England.

NPA members in Macclesfield, Widnes and London are among the independent pharmacies to come on stream in this first cohort.

NPA chair, Andrew Lane, said:

“Community pharmacists are eager to play their part in the COVID-19 vaccination programme, and as trusted health care professionals they will have a key role in achieving widespread uptake.

“We are delighted that National Pharmacy Association members – who have been on the health service frontline throughout the pandemic – are joining this great national effort to defeat the virus.

“This is a proud moment for community pharmacy and a moment of hope for all.

“We look forward to working with the NHS on the further mobilisation of pharmacies, right across the country.

“There are thousands of potential local pharmacy sites for vaccinating against COVID, capable of protecting millions of people.

“Having been in very constructive talks with the government and the NHS, we are now confident that they understand the role pharmacies can play, which includes increasing uptake of the vaccine among deprived communities and significantly improving access to the vaccine overall.”