Peterborough Community Pharmacy distributes first Covid vaccines

Senior pharmacist Shabbir Damani (left), supervisor Annabelle Taylor (center) and pharmacist Shakir Sacranie (right) at the Orton Wistow Halls the Chemist Covid 19 vaccination clinic.

The vaccination center at 59 Napier Place, Orton Wistow opened Thursday morning to become the first community pharmacy to join the city’s vaccination efforts.

This marks the completion of a journey that began less than a month ago to completely renovate the former Beijing Rendezvous Beijing-Cantonese restaurant into a vaccination clinic.

The job was taken on by pharmacist Shabbir Damani of Halls the Chemist as a way to help the town fight Covid and as a thank you to the town as a whole for hosting his family when they came as as refugees from Uganda.

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Shabbir Damani outside the vaccination clinic in Orton Wistow.

The center is due to open at 8am, with a large number of people due to attend having booked through the NHS direct line and they will be given the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

Mr Damani said: “Thank you to everyone who has helped us get to where we are today, not just over the past few months but for many years.

“We are all indebted to you, so many individuals and companies but I must mention two individuals, my father Hassan Damani and my wife Sumaiya, who is also a pharmacist. Without their support, I could not have done what I set out to do.

“I urge everyone to go to the NHS website to find out about the vaccine, it will dispel any myths about it, whether it contains gelatin or that it will change your DNA to none. name a few.

“Most if not all of us will know someone who has had Covid-19, some will know someone who has died from the virus. I want to ask people to look at your loved ones, husband, wife, mother, father, grandfather, grandmother, sister, brother, son or daughter and ask yourself, if they died from Covid, could you say that you have done everything to prevent the spread?

“For those who can, please get vaccinated and help protect not only yourself but others.

“Also remember to check in on others via text, FaceTime, Whatsapp or any safe way to do so so that we can all be there for each other during this difficult time when our mental health is just as important as our physical health.

“I also want to pay tribute to Captain Sir Tom, may he rest in peace and my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. I hope people will remember that you will never walk alone, tomorrow will be better than today and tomorrow will be a good day.

If you want to support vaccination efforts, you can volunteer to help in any way you think you can. Either a message on the Halls the Chemist Facebook page or a Whatsapp message on 07766910910, please note that calls cannot be taken on this number, only messages.

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