Alphega Pharmacy has started delivering Covid-19 vaccinations from 40 independent community pharmacies across England.
An additional 20 pharmacies that belong to the leading European network of independent pharmacists are expected to start in the next few weeks.
Raj Nutan, head of Alphega Pharmacy, said: “Alphega is incredibly proud to be part of this national effort to protect our local communities against Covid-19. Community pharmacies are often at the heart of areas where there are higher levels of health challenges and vaccine hesitancy.”
Alphega UK helped its member pharmacies by supporting their submissions to become certified Covid-19 sites.
Throughout the pandemic, it provided over 30,000 pieces of social distancing material to its members.
Alphega also launched a Covid-19 hub with resources, toolkits and signage – providing more than 3,000 face visors and over 800 digital tablets to allow pharmacists to carry out remote patient consultations whilst giving practical support to customers in reception and recovery areas.
Dhimant Patel, pharmacist and owner of Healthways Pharmacy in Harrow, London, said: “We have all seen the effect that Covid-19 has had on our local communities across the UK. As primary healthcare providers, independent pharmacies are well established in their local areas and are ideally placed to help in the fight against the virus.
“We’re delighted to be part of the solution to fight the coronavirus pandemic. We have long been a partner to the NHS and we believe that this vaccination programme is something we have a key role to play in, particularly in reassuring patients, dispelling myths and misconceptions about Covid-19 vaccines and boosting uptake.”
Patients will be invited directly by the NHS to book their vaccination appointment at Alphega pharmacies.