Pharmacy Forum NI welcomes the recent approval for the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine issued by the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and stands ready to lead the pharmacy profession in NI in supporting government plans for the vaccination roll-out across Northern Ireland.

Chair of the Forum, Sheelin McKeagney, commented:

“On behalf of Pharmacy Forum NI, I welcome this significant and much anticipated development after what has been a very difficult year for all. We fully support the vaccine’s use and would encourage everyone, whenever they are called, to take it so we as a society, can put the effect of Covid-19 to one side and begin to live more normal lives again.”

Pharmacy Forum NI represents over 2,800 registered pharmacists and almost 150 pharmacy pre-registration students in Northern Ireland.

Prior to the MHRA approval, a Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) consultation was undertaken with the Minister of Health in Northern Ireland, which was intended to help with the safe and efficient distribution of a Covid-19 vaccine. Forum Chair, Mr McKeagney said:

“The resulting MHRA approval is satisfactory. Personally, I will be delighted to receive the vaccine and have no hesitation in doing so. We are all in this together.”

Pharmacists are registered healthcare professionals who already administer flu vaccines and are well-positioned to play a key role in the Covid-19 vaccination roll-out across Northern Ireland. On this, Mr McKeagney stated:

“Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, pharmacists across Northern Ireland have stepped up to continually provide for and protect patient safety. I am confident we will approach this next phase of the pandemic with equal professionalism and well-considered commitment.”

Notes to Editors

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