Today I asked a question to Nadhim Zahawi, the Minister for Covid Vaccine Deployment. I raised the fact that in Suffolk and north-east Essex, 97% of the over-80s have now had two jabs, which I think puts it at the top of the league table. I’m sure that as a 32-year-old, my jab will be coming soon as well.
I wanted to thank BSC Multicultural Services, which has worked incredibly hard with hard-to-reach groups to get the vaccine out, and I also wanted to give special mention to community pharmacies as well.
It seems like a long time since Aqua Pharmacy on Duke Street approached me, but it has gone on to deliver 15,000 doses. I sometimes feel that community pharmacies don’t always get the attention they deserve and wanted to get assurances from the Minister that in the NHS White Paper community pharmacies will be at the heart of what we are doing to recover from the pandemic.
I was very glad that he could give me reassurance and that he stressed how community pharmacies are an incredibly important part of our deployment infrastructure.