Pharmacies join UK's mass COVID-19 vaccination rollout

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Published on 14 Jan 2021, 10:29
UK Pharmacies have started to administer COVID-19 vaccinations on Thursday, as the government seeks to accelerate the rollout of shots to millions of people a week to meet an ambitious delivery target.

High street pharmacies such as Boots and Superdrug will offer the shots, with two hundred community drugstores due to be included over the next fortnight, joining hospitals, doctors' surgeries and seven large-scale centres in administering vaccines.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday Britain was targeting a 24-hour, 7-day a week vaccination programme as soon as possible as it seeks to inoculate 15 million people by mid-February.

The government is aiming to vaccinate those in the four highest risk tiers - the elderly, clinically vulnerable and frontline health and social care workers - by Feb. 15, something that would require more than 2 million vaccinations a week.

The vaccination programme, which the government says is being rolled out faster than its European neighbours, will help pave a way out of a new lockdown which began in England last week.

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