Peterborough Community Pharmacy gets green light to open Covid vaccination center

Shabbir Damani at Halls The Chemist Covid Vaccination Clinic will open soon in Orton Wistow.

Shabbir Damani, who is the director of Halls the Chemist in Orton Wistow, has been working since November to prepare the building next to his pharmacy to serve as a vaccination center for the town.

The Napier Place building was once the Chinese restaurant Beijing Rendezvous, but has now been converted by Shabbir to enable it to operate as a high-volume vaccination center.

Mr Damani was first told earlier this month by NHS England that he had been refused permission to administer Covid vaccines, but since then he and his team have worked hard to demonstrate that they can provide the facilities and resources to deliver high volume. vaccines every day.

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Shabbir Damani at Halls The Chemist Covid Vaccination Clinic will open soon in Orton Wistow.

The hub was given the green light late Monday evening (January 25) and final preparations are underway with vaccinations due to begin early next week.

Vaccinations will be carried out by Halls trained pharmacy team who have delivered winter flu shots for many years and have extensive experience.

They will be supported in this effort by a team of volunteers who will participate in parking vehicles and welcoming patients once inside the building.

The team are always looking for new volunteers and anyone interested in helping has been invited to visit the Halls the Chemist Facebook page or call or message 07766 910910.

Providing this service to the city is important to Mr. Damani, who has worked as a pharmacist in the city for 30 years.

He comes from a family of Ugandan refugees who found refuge when the UK and the city of Peterborough opened their doors to them and he now wants to thank the city for welcoming him and his family.

He said: ‘Everyone must do all they can in this time of great need and as a pharmacist I have been helping people and have done so for 30 years.

“I see it as part of my responsibility to vaccinate as many people as possible to save lives.

“We must come together as a city in a collaborative effort to take the pressure off the NHS, reduce the number of cases and reduce the number of deaths. We have already lost too many, we had already lost too many when the total reached one.

“I am grateful for everyone’s help in getting us here, my team, the volunteers and I must also give full credit to the NHS. I also want to work with as many people as possible in the city. Anyone who wants to help, we’d love to hear from you.

“For me personally, the city has opened its doors to my family and I’m so grateful for that and want to give back by getting up and doing the best I can for my community.

“I would also like to thank all of the key workers in the city, for delivering food, caring for us and helping educate our children, all of which gave me the time to get this project started.”

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