Asda set to become first UK supermarket to offer Covid vaccine in-store

The Daily Star’s FREE newsletter is spectacular! Sign up today for the best stories straight to your inbox

Asda is set to become the first UK supermarket to offer Covid vaccinations in its stores.

The coronavirus-protecting jabs will be administered to members of the public by trained Asda pharmacy staff in a new 12-hour vaccination centre.

The good news comes after the supermarket was selected by NHS England to provide the much-needed public health service as part of the nation's goal to vaccinate all UK adults by September, the Mirror reports.

Asda president Roger Burnley said: "We are incredibly proud to provide this service and are keen to do all we can to help the NHS and Government accelerate the rollout of the vaccination programme.

  • Daily Star's newsletter brings you the biggest and best stories – sign up today

"We have an extensive nationwide logistics network that could support the storage and distribution of the vaccine and our highly-trained pharmacy colleagues are experienced in delivering large vaccination programmes, having recently provided nearly 200,000 flu jabs to members of the public.

"We are on hand to provide the NHS with any practical support required so that more people can quickly receive the vaccine."

Asda will be transforming its George clothing department to make space for the new vaccination centre.

It will be open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week, with the capacity to administer 250 jabs a day.

Individuals in priority groups will be given an appointment at Asda from the NHS and have the option to select the supermarket as a convenient location.

Asda has asked people not to contact the store directly asking for a vaccination.

The Birmingham Asda has already been approved for the Pfizer /BioNTech vaccine, but the chain also offered NHS England the full use of its 238 in-store pharmacies and qualified pharmacists to support the rollout of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine programme.

As this vaccine is easier to transport and store, it could be administered from Asda's full network of in-store pharmacies throughout the country, the chain said.

A string of UK companies have also offered up their premises to help the vaccination programme, including Brewdog.

More than two million Brits have received a vaccination so far.

  • Asda
  • Coronavirus

Source: Read Full Article