You may soon be able to get your veg and vaccine in the same place.
Supermarkets are thriving right now and with non-essential shops closed, they are offering even more to add to your weekly shop. For those shopping at Asda, not only will they be able to pick up the usual items of milk, teabags, bread and bananas, but they can soon add a vaccine to their shopping list too.
Asda has been selected by NHS England to be the first supermarket in the UK to rollout Covid-19 vaccinations, with an in-store pharmacy in Birmingham being the first to deliver the vaccines. Speaking about the decision, Asda CEO and president Roger Burnley said the company was proud to have been picked to help deliver the vaccine.
He said: “We have an extensive nationwide logistics network that could support the storage and distribution of the vaccine and our highly-trained pharmacy colleagues are experienced in delivering large vaccination programmes, having recently provided nearly 200,000 flu jabs to members of the public.”
The supermarket giant plans to transform its George department, which normally sells clothing, to make space for the vaccination centre – which will operate from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week and have the capacity to administer 250 jabs per day.
According to its statement, Asda is also currently assessing other sites where the vaccinations can be administered at, with the help of NHS England and the government. Anybody in a key priority group will receive an NHS appointment and can then subsequently choose an Asda store, which operates 238 in-store pharmacies, to receive their vaccine.
This news comes after Scotland’s vaccination programme has moved up a gear with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine now being rolled out at more than 1,100 vaccination centres across the country, and Asda will add to a number of venues delivering the vaccine. More than 163,000 people in Scotland had received a first dose of a vaccine by 11 January, with latest figures now being released daily.
Maybe it’s time to add the vaccine to your shopping list?
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