Southwark pharmacies to begin dishing out vaccine from this week

Josh Salisbury (27 January, 2021)

Officials say they are on track to meet the mid-Feb deadline

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Pharmacies in Southwark have begun dishing out the vaccine this week, as south-east London reached the 100,000 vaccinations mark.

Officials are eyeing up a mass vaccination site in Southwark, but say their supplies of vaccines are currently being used up between hospitals and GPs.

Elderly residents of care homes had been vaccinated across Southwark by last week, and vaccines are now also being rolled out for homes which are not elderly-specific.

Speaking to councillors last week, Sam Hepplewhite of the SE London Clinical Commissioning Group, said that Southwark had the capacity to roll out the vaccine if supplies remained constant.

“We’ve got our first pharmacy going live next week,” she said.

“And now we’ve got the AstraZeneca vaccine, it means we can enable the roving service for those that are housebound or cannot travel.

“We’re looking at how we can utilise mass vaccination sites potential… but at the moment we’re maximising our allocation of vaccinations in Southwark.”

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It comes after south east London boroughs reached the 100,000 vaccination mark. Around 30,000 people in Southwark are in priority groups 1-4, those that need to be vaccinated by February 14.

“We’re now moving onto all care home residents that have older people in them,” added Ms Hepplewhite.

“We have capacity, we have the right number of people to deliver the vaccines by that deadline.

“We just need to make sure the vaccines now are delivered.”

Officials have been inundated with questions about the priority banding across the boroughs, she added. “We’ve have got a differential across the boroughs for when some people have been invited to have their vaccinations, especially the over-eighty.”

The South London and Maudsley has also begun to vaccinate staff and vulnerable patients, councillors were told.

Around 240,000 people in south-east London are in the top priority groups and will need to have one dose of the vaccine by mid-Feb.

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