Asda to open first in-store COVID vaccination centre in UK
Topics: ASDA UK
The supermarket has been selected by NHS England to operate a vaccination centre from an in-store pharmacy in Birmingham and qualified Asda pharmacy colleagues will administer the vaccine to priority groups identified by the NHS.
Asda is investing to transform its George department to make space for the vaccination centre – which will operate 8am to 8pm, seven days a week and have the capacity to administer 250 jabs per day.
The site is the first Asda pharmacy to be approved to support the Pfizer /BioNTech vaccine programme and Asda is continuing to work with Public Health England and NHS England to assess other sites within its estate that could support this programme.
Individuals in priority groups will receive their appointment from the NHS and have the option to select the Asda store as a convenient location to receive their vaccination. They should not contact the store directly.
Asda has 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 which has just begun. As this variant of the vaccine is easier to transport and store, it could be administered from Asda’s full network of in-store pharmacies throughout the country. ■