A Scunthorpe pharmacy will become the first in the Humber region to offer COVID vaccines from this weekend.
The Ancora Practice will be capable of delivering 2,000 doses of the Oxford vaccine a day, with three clinics per week. The Ashby Road practice is the first pharmacy to take the step and its longer opening hours and weekend slots will speed up the rollout.
Practice Manager Christine Buckley said:
“Staff are working above and beyond to make the vaccinations possible. We’re proud to be the first pharmacy to offer vaccines in the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership.
“It will allow elderly or vulnerable people within a 45 minute drive more opportunity get vaccinated. North Lincolnshire is ahead of the game, and this offers another area where residents can receive the vaccine.”
The pharmacy has received an initial delivery of 1200 doses and will be administering jabs every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, starting this weekend.
Dr Satpal Shekhawat, medical director of the North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
“It’s great news to have a pharmacy which can distribute the vaccine in Scunthorpe, as this will give us more supply, more accessibility and more flexibility.
“They have wider opening hours, including weekends, which will enable people to fit appointments around work.
“Some of the primary care networks in our regions are now offering the vaccine to over 70s and those who are extremely clinically vulnerable.
“Every single care home resident has also been offered the vaccine as of Sunday, January 24.
“The rates at which different areas are progressing will start to equalise. We are working closely together and will share vaccines to ensure we’re covering the vulnerable population as quickly as possible.”
Dr Faisel Baig, chairman of the CCG, praised everyone who has donated their time to helping the vaccination programme.
“The volunteers who have been doing a difficult job in the worst of weathers also deserve our thanks.
“They have made the patient experience a lot better, and we have received a lot of positive feedback from people who have been assisted by them.”