The NHS Vaccination Programme in Wakefield district is marking the first anniversary of community pharmacies joining the vaccine rollout and the crucial role they have played in vaccinating local people.
The first pharmacy service to start vaccinating in Wakefield district was the Pharmacy2U site at Morrisons, Dewsbury Road, Wakefield, which opened in January 2021, with further services joining the battle against COVID-19 over the next few weeks. They have worked alongside centres run by local GP practices and the community vaccination centre at Spectrum Community Health CIC, Navigation Walk, Wakefield to help vaccinate people in Wakefield, and also helped to provide a variety of outreach and pop-up clinics in local communities.
There are now nine pharmacy vaccination services across the Wakefield area, with some also running a number of pop-up clinics in local communities, helping people to get their jabs as close to homes as possible.
Suzannah Cookson, Chief Nurse, NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and who leads the NHS Vaccination Programme in Wakefield, said:
“We’ve now delivered over 700,000 vaccinations in total across Wakefield district – including first and second doses and booster jabs – and our community pharmacies have played a key part in this. They have helped to make it as easy as possible for people to get their vaccinations at a convenient location.
“Our battle against COVID-19 is far from over and our pharmacy services, along with GP and community vaccination centres, are continuing to offer bookable and walk in appointments for all types of vaccinations. Infection rates remain extremely high, and we cannot stress enough how important it is for people to get vaccinated to protect themselves and play their part in helping life return to normal.”
Ruth Buchan, Chief Executive Officer of Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire, said: “We are incredibly proud to be supporting the NHS during this extraordinary time. Our pharmacists are experts in vaccination programmes and have a trusted role at the heart of our local communities.
“As well as vaccinating at pharmacies, many of them have also taken part in community outreach services to ensure as many people as possible can get these essential jabs.”
Anyone needing a vaccination can book an appointment at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119. Details of local walk-in clinics are available on NHS Wakefield CCG’s website at bit.ly/GrabAJabWF