Well Pharmacy, the UK’s largest independent pharmacy chain, has announced that 60 community pharmacy sites across England have been selected by NHS England to administer COVID-19 booster vaccines. The news comes after research* by Well Pharmacy suggests that 90% of people aged 50+, intend to have the COVID-19 booster vaccine when offered it.
Well Pharmacy will be offering eligible patients the opportunity to have their COVID-19 booster vaccine with the NHS flu jab wherever possible in a bid to protect as many people as possible from getting seriously ill from Covid or flu this winter.
Government guidelines have outlined that booster jabs will initially be offered to people aged 50 years and over, health and social care workers and to the most vulnerable. The boosters will be offered around six months after the second COVID jab was administered.
The NHS will be in contact with patients to invite them for the COVID-19 booster vaccine when they are due for it. People interested in having the NHS flu jab at the same time will be offered it as part of their booster jab appointment at their local Well Pharmacy.
Louis Purchase, Operations Director from Well Pharmacy added:
“We are delighted and proud to play our part in the roll-out of the COVID-19 booster vaccination programme. Community Pharmacy is perfectly placed to support the NHS to deliver nationwide vaccination services at scale and pace in a community healthcare setting. Our highly skilled and qualified pharmacists and pharmacy teams are easily accessible, trusted and known by their local communities to support their health and wellbeing.”
Ifti Khan, Pharmacy Superintendent, for Well Pharmacy said:
"Every vaccination is a life protected or saved. Having both vaccinations will give you and your loved ones the best protection this winter from getting seriously ill from Covid or Flu. It is safe to have both vaccinations at the same time and we will be offering patients who have an appointment for the COVID-19 booster jab the NHS flu jab.”
Well is currently offering the flu and pneumonia vaccination services from over 750 pharmacies across the UK this winter. For more information and to book your jab for yourself or a loved one, visit https://www.well.co.uk/vaccinations
About the research
An online survey was conducted by WALR among 2,037 adults aged 18+ in the UK. The research fieldwork took place between 17-18 August, 2021. WALR is a member organisation of the Market Research Society and abides by all codes of practise.