Over 22 million COVID vaccines delivered by community pharmacy: PSNC Main site

More than 22 million shots have been administered by COVID vaccination sites run by community pharmacies in the past 12 months.

Pharmacies have played a central role in the government’s response to COVID, and the latest figures from NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) show how significantly they have contributed to vaccination efforts.

Along with the industry providing over 22 million vaccinations, NHSE&I also highlighted a 50% increase in the number of pharmacies issuing COVID reminders compared to October 2021 to January 2022.

The figures were revealed in today’s NHSE&I Primary Care Bulletin as part of a thank you to community pharmacy teams for their work on the first anniversary of the sector delivering COVID-19 vaccines.

Watch the video of Dr Emily Lawson, Head of Immunization for NHSE&I, thanking community pharmacy staff

PSNC Director of NHS Services Alastair Buxton said:

Community pharmacy teams across the country should be proud of how hard they have worked to establish themselves as COVID vaccination sites, overcoming logistical, staffing and security obstacles. Many drew on their experience with flu shots, but of course this endeavor was on a completely different scale.

“Just over a year ago we were fighting for government recognition of the role community pharmacy could play in delivering COVID vaccines, so a year later it is great to see the efforts Pharmacy vaccination sites hailed by NHSE&I, with recognition of the important role they have played in the overall programme.

“The performance of pharmacy vaccination sites and the incredible flu vaccination performance of the wider industry this year help demonstrate how community pharmacy could play a much greater role in future vaccination programs, including including any need for ongoing COVID vaccinations; The PSNC will advocate for the role of pharmacy in any ongoing agenda, pointing to the sector’s fantastic achievements as strong evidence of the value of pharmacy.

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