Selected branches of Superdrug and Boots have been approved to start dishing out thousands of Covid vaccinations beginning next week and are now said to be waiting on delivery of doses. Currently the nearest Superdrug store to Lytham St. Anne’s to be enlisted is in Manchester – but more stores are said to be on standby as the roll out gathers momentum. Car parks at selected Morrison’s supermarkets will also be converted to drive-through vaccination centres from Monday. Tesco has offered up its warehouses and lorries to help move doses quickly around the country
Meanwhile, pub chains are offering to support the rollout of the mass vaccination scheme with Marston’s and Young’s offering their venues as potential sites.
Patients will be referred to the makeshift clinics through the normal NHS booking service and vaccines will be carried out by trained pharmacists and nurses who have been vetted by the Government. The PM has said that the aim is to vaccinate around 13 million of the most vulnerable Brits — including care home residents and staff, NHS workers and all over-70s — by mid-February. This would require vaccinating about two million people a week.