Commenting on Health Minister Robin Swann MLA receiving his vaccine at Ballee Pharmacy, Ballymena today, Chief Executive of Community Pharmacy NI, Gerard Greene said:
“We are delighted to see the Health Minister get the Covid vaccine from his local community pharmacy today.
“Since the community pharmacy vaccine programme launched on Monday, the uptake in local communities has already been strong and we expect this to grow as the service beds down in the coming days and weeks.
“The convenience of offering the vaccine in local pharmacies will undoubtedly help get more people vaccinated in a shorter period of time. It will also free up other healthcare settings and continue to ease the burden on our hospitals.
“We encourage anyone eligible who has yet to receive their vaccine to book with your local community pharmacy. It is encouraging that the age cohort has widened even further today to include those aged 45-49, allowing more people to be protected against the vaccine. We would however ask the public to be patient and only book an appointment when your cohort has been announced. Community pharmacies, like other vaccination providers have robust verification measures in place and proof of eligibility will be required when you attend a vaccination appointment. Patients who are not eligible for vaccination will have their appointments cancelled
“The vaccine is the greatest defence against Covid-19 and we are heartened to see the success of the vaccine programme within community pharmacies at this early stage.”