Another community pharmacy on board to support the Fylde Coast vaccine roll-out

NHS staff are delivering life-saving COVID-19 jabs at a network of four pharmacy-led vaccination sites across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre after another service opened its doors yesterday (Thursday).

The new site at Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish Centre opened yesterday, which is being run by St Annes Pharmacy in St Albans Road.

Pharmacy sites are supporting efforts to get the vaccine out to those in high-risk groups, as quickly as possible. Locations offering the vaccine are:

  • Our Lady Star of the Sea, St Anne’s
  • AFC Fylde, Wesham
  • Moor Park Health and Wellbeing Centre, Bispham
  • Fleetwood Health and Wellbeing Centre

The pharmacy-run sites join the large-scale vaccination centres at Blackpool Winter Gardens and nine GP-led sites in rolling out the Fylde Coast COVID-19 vaccination programme.

Jane Scattergood, director of nursing and quality at NHS Blackpool and NHS Fylde and Wyre CCGs, who is also COVID-19 vaccination director for Lancashire and South Cumbria, said: “As the expansion of the COVID-19 vaccination programme continues to gather pace, we are delighted to see the opening of five further vaccination sites across Lancashire, to help people to access their vaccinations as easily and quickly as possible.

“If you have received your letter from the NHS, please don’t delay – book your appointment as soon as possible, so we can vaccinate as many people from the highest priority groups as quickly and safely as possible.”

Kath Gulson, chief executive officer of Community Pharmacy Lancashire, said: “Community Pharmacy Lancashire represents 358 community pharmacies in Lancashire. We are pleased to see our pharmacists playing a role in delivering the COVID-19 vaccination programme alongside our GP colleagues and other providers, supporting local patients and communities.

“Community pharmacy has a vital role in supporting the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. We welcome the second wave of community pharmacies going live to support the national effort in delivering the programme.”

Across Lancashire and South Cumbria there are now nine pharmacy-led sites alongside further large-scale vaccination centres in Blackburn, Kendal, Lancaster and Ulverston, 11 hospital hubs and 36 GP-led sites.

The new pharmacy operated sites will initially be vaccinating people aged 70 and over, who have received a letter inviting them to book an appointment on the national booking system, along with frontline health and social care staff. This is in line with prioritisation agreed at a national level.

The range of different locations available in Lancashire and South Cumbria means that people can choose the option that will work best for them once they are invited to book an appointment. Those who do not wish to have their jab at one of the large-scale vaccination centres or a pharmacy run site can wait to receive an invitation from their GP practice.