ASDA is to become the first supermarket in the UK to provide in-store coronavirus vaccinations.
The chain confirmed it will start to give Covid-19 jabs to the public from January 25.
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Asda is to turn part of one store into a vaccination centreCredit: BPM Media
Asda will operate the vaccination centre using the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine from an in-store pharmacy in Birmingham.
The jabs will be given by qualified Asda pharmacy staff to priority groups identified by the NHS.
It comes after rival Morrisons confirmed it will turn its car parks into drive-thru vaccine centres.
Boots, meanwhile, will become the first high street chain to offer coronavirus jabs this week.
Asda customers will still need to wait for their NHS letter to get the jab – they won’t be able to contact the store directly for one.
Once you’ve got your letter, you should have the option to select the Asda store as your vaccination location.
Asda confirmed to The Sun that in-store vaccines will only be available in its Birmingham branch for now.
But it says it has also offered the use of its pharmacies and qualified pharmacists to support the rollout of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine programme.
The supermarket will use its George department to make space for the vaccination centre, which will operate 8am to 8pm, seven days a week and have the capacity to administer 250 jabs per day.
Roger Burnley, Asda CEO and president, said: “We are incredibly proud to provide this service and are keen to do all we can to help the NHS and Government accelerate the rollout of the vaccination programme.
“We have an extensive nationwide logistics network that could support the storage and distribution of the vaccine and our highly-trained pharmacy colleagues are experienced in delivering large vaccination programmes, having recently provided nearly 200,000 flu jabs to members of the public.
“We are on hand to provide the NHS with any practical support required so that more people can quickly receive the vaccine.”
Mr Burnley wrote to Asda’s customers this morning to update them on the latest coronavirus restrictions.
In an email, he said: “It’s crucial that we all play our part, support one another, and help take the pressure off the NHS.”
Asda has around 600 supermarkets across the UK, including 238 in-store pharmacies.
All supermarkets are allowed to stay open during the third lockdown in England with the latest restrictions expected to stay in place until at least mid-February.
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The UK suffered its second deadliest day so far in the pandemic yesterday, with 1,243 fatalities reported.
The total number of infections is now 3,164,051 after 45,533 more tested positive.
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