Crest Pharmacy Group superintendent Ali Shiraz administering a vaccine (Photo: Shiraz & Sons Ltd)

In a boost to ongoing mass vaccination programme against Covid-19, Crest Pharmacy Group has been successfully running its vaccination drive at PureGym site in Nuneaton town centre of west Midland.

The site has already administered more than 4,000 jabs and will remain a local vaccination centre until June, meaning PureGym won’t be able to open the location as a gym before then.

The gym bound vaccination centre has proved popular among patients as it is accessible and spacious, having air filtration and adequate parking, the pharmacy said elaborating its efforts to boost vaccination drive in the locality.

Teams of volunteers from the Royal Voluntary Service are also helping the smooth running of the site by performing key marshalling duties.

Carl Rose, commercial manager at Crest Pharmacy Group, said: “We are proud to be part of the national vaccination project – it has been professionally satisfying to help patients directly. The project also demonstrates the importance and value of community pharmacy in delivering nationwide healthcare services on behalf of the NHS and the UK government.”

A spokesperson for PureGym also commented: “PureGym is delighted its Nuneaton gym is operating as a vaccine hub until mid-June, and it is fantastic news that so many jabs have already been administered. We at PureGym alongside Crest Pharmacy Group, are thrilled to be playing our part in England’s COVID-19 vaccine roll-out.”

Earlier, the national gym chain PureGym offered their venues to the NHS for use as vaccination sites in December when the company saw that their gyms were lying empty during the multiple lockdowns and realised that the sites could be harnessed for the national Covid-19 vaccination effort.

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