Sunderland has its first community pharmacy offering a vaccine against the virus after the launch of the Echo campaign
Redhouse Pharmacy on Renfrew Road is now providing the service and has set up two special units where vaccines will be administered.
It is the first community pharmacy vaccination center in Sunderland and, at present, the only one – although it is hoped that more community pharmacies will join in the future.
Vaccines have been available for Sunderland patients at several centers in the Primary Care Network across the city and centers such as the NHS Nightingale North East, for months. But Redhouse Pharmacy is now adding to that, helping the NHS vaccination program continue to grow strongly.
Pharmacist Jaz Singh, owner of Redhouse Pharmacy, said: “As a community pharmacist, I am really excited to provide this important service.
“It was hard work and, with the support of Redhouse Medical Center, we were able to organize the community pharmacy vaccination next to the pharmacy.
“The pharmacy team and our volunteers have done an incredible job and I am very proud of the service we provide to our patients.
“I am delighted that Redhouse Pharmacy was able to join the national patient immunization effort to help us out of this pandemic.”
Umesh Patel, Chairman of the Sunderland Local Pharmaceuticals Committee, said: “We already have a few hundred community pharmacy covid-19 vaccination sites across the country and a number in our region. It is fantastic that Redhouse Pharmacy is now providing this important service locally.
“We hope more will follow as we descend the cohorts. Community pharmacies have a strong immunization history. They delivered more than 2.6 million influenza vaccines in 2020/21, despite their high activity.
“Community pharmacies are a very accessible health environment; patients are used to getting vaccinated there and they like to do it.
Professor Neil Watson, director of operations for the NHS Covid vaccination program for North East and North Cumbria, said: ‘So far in the region we have administered over 3.4 million doses vaccine in northeast and northern Cumbria, which is phenomenal and something we should be very proud of.
“The local teams are also doing a great job inviting people to come back for their second doses, which is really important in providing maximum protection against the virus to ensure they are vaccinated and protected against this terrible virus. “
Redhouse distributed its first vaccines in May and anyone who is eligible can reserve their vaccine at the National Booking Service or by calling 119.
More and more appointments are available all the time. People are advised to check back regularly if they don’t immediately find something that works for them.
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