Woodside pharmacy in Telford and Wrekin becomes first pharmacy in the Midlands to deliver the Covid-19 vaccination
People eligible for Covid-19 vaccination (as part of the national priority groups) living in the borough, as well as those living outside the borough will be given the option to book a vaccination appointment at Woodside pharmacy in Telford and Wrekin - through the new coronavirus vaccination national booking service.
Woodside pharmacy becomes first pharmacy in the Midlands to provide the Covid-19 vaccination, as part of the NHS nationally accelerating the Covid-19 vaccination programme - through the delivery of the vaccine at High Street pharmacies.
Since the national vaccination rollout started in mid December, borough residents aged 80 and above, as well as care home residents and workers, and frontline health and care workers are gradually receiving the Covid-19 vaccination in line with the national priority group criteria.
In addition to the newly opened Woodside pharmacy vaccination service, more local vaccine services provided by GPs and pharmacists, in people’s homes for those who are housebound and a new dedicated large vaccination centre are due to be rollout across Telford and Wrekin, to make sure that everyone who needs a vaccine is able to get one.
Borough residents eligible for the vaccination (in line with the national priority group criteria) are being sent an invitation letter to make an appointment through the new NHS national booking service.
When booking an appointment through the national booking service, they will be given a choice between a Vaccination Centre or a pharmacy service, located at a maximum 45 minutes-drive from where they live.
However, anyone who does not want to or cannot travel to one of the sites offered through the national booking service can also wait to receive a vaccination appointment from their local GP or hospital service.
If that is the case, they do not need to do anything – but wait to be contacted by their local GP or hospital service.
It is not possible to use the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service for people who have not received an invitation letter.
Council Leader Shaun Davies said: “It is fantastic to see borough-based Woodside pharmacy going live today as a Covid-19 vaccination site and becoming the first pharmacy in the Midlands and among the first few pharmacies in England to do so at the moment.
“This is also an acknowledgment of our hard work in pushing the government and NHS to accelerate the vaccination programme in our borough.
“However, there’s still more to be done to ensure many more of our residents get the vaccination as quickly as possible. As a local authority, we will continue to work round the clock to help make this happen.
“We have already lobbied hard to ensure there will be a large vaccination site at the Telford International Centre before the end of this month and the council is currently providing support in making this happen.
“There will also be a vaccination hub at PRH as well as a vaccination site in Newport.
“Additionally, many more of our GP surgeries and high street pharmacies will be rolling out local vaccination services over the next few weeks.”
Liz Noakes, Director of Public Health said: “We know that people are very keen to get the vaccine and the start of NHS Covid-19 vaccination delivery through pharmacies is a significant step in accelerating the process and getting more people vaccinated.
“I’d urge everyone to please wait to be contacted for a vaccination appointment and take up the vaccine when it’s offered – it’s our best protection against COVID-19.
“As the full vaccination roll-out will take some time and case numbers are increasing, please continue to play your part in preventing the spread of the virus in our borough:
-stay at home as much as you can
-get a rapid test regularly at our rapid testing centre at The Place, Oakengates (if you can’t work from home and need to go to work)
-follow NHS advice on social distancing, wearing a face covering, washing your hands regularly.”
For more information about vaccination rollout, please go to https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/covid-19-vaccination-programme