Six pharmacies in Greater Manchester have begun administering the COVID-19 vaccine from today as the region continues to ramp up its inoculation programme.
The rollout of the jab to local pharmacies is intended to help Manchester achieve its aim of delivering 70,000 vaccines by mid-February and 214,000 vaccines by mid-April.
This will see many of the most vulnerable residents n the area given their first dose.
According to Manchester City Council, over 25,000 local residents have already received the jab.
Greater Manchester pharmacies beginning to offer vaccinations from this week include:
- Everest Pharmacy, Whalley Range
- Whalley Range Cricket and Tennis Club, Whalley Range (operated by Wilbraham Pharmacy)
- MMC College, Cheetham Hill (operated by Wellfield Pharmacy)
- Superdrug, Piccadilly
- The Larkhill Centre, Altrincham (operated by Timperley Pharmacy)
- Hollowood Chemist Wigan
The new pharmacy-run sites join a growing number of vaccine hubs in the region, including:
- Manchester Tennis Centre, Etihad Campus
- Chancellors Hotel, Fallowfield
- Irish World Heritage Centre, Cheetham
- Newton Heath Health Centre
- Plant Hill Clinic, Blackley
- The Grange Community Resource Centre, Beswick
- The Jain Community Centre, Longsight
- The Vallance Centre, Brunswick
- Woodhouse Park Active Lifestyle Centre, Wythenshawe
Jane Pilkington, director for population health, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, said that the new pharmacy-led vaccine sites will play a “key part” in ramping up delivery.
The new pharmacy operated sites will initially be vaccinating people aged 75 and over, along with frontline health and social care workers.
Over sixty-five new vaccination centres have now opened in England in total.
By the end of Tuesday, it was reported that over 4.61 million people in the UK had received their initial jab.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has revealed that the country is giving 200 vaccinations per minute on average.