Sussex first pharmacy-led vaccination centre opens today

Sussex first pharmacy-led vaccination centre opens today

January 21, 2021

Community pharmacies around England, including Superdrug in Guildford, began delivering Coronavirus vaccinations last week and today (21 January) Ticehurst Pharmacy in East Sussex joins the programme.

Ticehurst Pharmacy is the first pharmacy-led vaccine available in Sussex, with capacity to administer 1000 jabs a week to those in the highest priority groups.

Superintendent Pharmacist, Hardik Desai who is managing the centre from Ticehurst Village Hall said: “I’m delighted to be involved in the exciting and very important role of setting up and managing a vaccination centre.

From our base in Ticehurst we can provide a minimum of 1000 doses of the vaccine per week to those eligible in our community. We will be working 12 hours a day, seven days a week, with our team of nurses and Ticehurst Community Friends volunteers.

This critical service, along with the annual flu jab, and the many other services we provide, is community pharmacy at its very best – serving the community in which we live and work.”

East Sussex Local Pharmaceutical Committee (LPC) has been supporting five contractors through the designation and set-up process with NHS England, as well as giving valuable insight to the regional team leading the process. Three more sites are expected to join the Sussex and Surrey programme soon,

Craig McEwan, chair East Sussex Local Pharmaceutical Committee

Craig McEwan, chair East Sussex Local Pharmaceutical Committee said: “It’s great to see Sussex’s first pharmacy-run vaccination going live today.

Pharmacists across the county have been ready and willing to participate in the vaccination programme, so to finally see our first centre up and running is a really positive first step.

Having a community pharmacy based operation, serving its local community, will provide fantastic provision to the local community. We now hope to see more community pharmacies coming online in the coming weeks.”

Vaccinations are already available from more than 1,000 GP-led services, more than 200 hospitals and a growing network of large-scale NHS Vaccination Centres.

When will I get my COVID-19 vaccine?

As it’s impossible for everyone to get the vaccine at the same time, the NHS is currently offering it to people who are at the highest risk of serious complications or death should they contract COVID-19, as well as those working in environments where they are at a high risk of contracting the virus and/or passing it on to vulnerable people.

When patients are notified they are eligible for vaccination they will have the choice to book an appointment at a PCN general practice designated site or use the national booking service to book with a community pharmacy designated site, other site local vaccination service or vaccination centre.

Please do not turn up at a vaccination centre without a pre-booked appointment. The NHS will write to people when it is their turn.

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