To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) discussions the Government is holding and (b) steps the Government is taking with large chain pharmacies on the distribution of a covid-19 vaccine.
This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.
23 February 2021
NHS England and NHS Improvement are working with all the national pharmacy organisations on plans to ensure that community pharmacies, including large chain pharmacies, are used to optimal effect in the COVID-19 vaccination programme, starting with the sites that can do this at scale. As of 22 February 2021, 196 community pharmacies have now started to offer the COVID-19 vaccination service, with more pharmacies joining the service over the coming weeks. We expect 200 community pharmacies sites to offer the COVID-19 vaccination service as of 8 March 2021. Some pharmacists and members of their team have also been working with general practitioners to deliver the vaccine in many areas of the country.