Health Minister Robin Swann has praised the contribution made by community pharmacists and GPs to the outstanding success of the vaccination programme. The minister is pictured here receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine at Ballee community pharmacy in Ballymena.

Northern Ireland’s network of community pharmacies have delivered more than 100,000 doses of Astra Zeneca vaccine since they began delivering jabs at the end of March. Plans are now being finalised for the Moderna vaccine to be available via a series of community pharmacy hubs in Northern Ireland. This will be in place later in July as a further initiative in the final push to drive up vaccination take up rates.

The Health Minister said:

“These are tremendous landmarks for our GPs and community pharmacists who have played invaluable roles in driving forward the vaccination programme. I want to thank them sincerely for everything they are doing to help get as many as people vaccinated as quickly as possible.”

At the end of March, more than 350 community pharmacies joined the vaccination programme and have now delivered 100,658 jabs, of which 67,126 are first doses.

Read the Department of Health press release – 9 July 2021