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Wales: Pharmacy Covid vaccinations 'must be sped up'

Community pharmacies in Wales need to be involved at scale in providing the Covid-19 vaccine, the country's pharmacy negotiator has said.

Pharmacies can use DHSC flu stock from Friday

Pharmacies can deliver flu vaccines using the DHSC's centrally procured stock from tomorrow.  

Six pharmacies begin Covid-19 vaccinations

A Boots branch, a Superdrug store and four independents have kicked off the community pharmacy arm of the coronavirus vaccination campaign.

Lamotrigine and levetiracetam safest antiepileptics in pregnancy

Safety review by MHRA concludes lamotrigine and levetiracetam safer than other antiepileptics for pregnant women.

Pharmacies in code word scheme to help domestic violence victims

Domestic abuse victims can turn to pharmacies for help as part of an initiative that launches today.  

Reciprocal EU healthcare arrangements confirmed

EHIC/E111s remain valid but will be replaced by new Global Health Insurance Card on expiry.

Naturally acquired immunity to Covid lasts at least five months

Naturally acquired immunity provides at least 83 per cent protection against reinfection, SIREN study shows

Extremely vulnerable patients told to shield once more

The Government has written to people who are defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable, outlining updated guidance on shielding.

New guideline for long Covid care

The guidelines look at symptom management, when to refer and how to follow up patients in the longer term. 

APTUK welcomes technician role in vaccine protocol

Pharmacy technicians are included in the new national protocol introduced to support the expanded influenza and Covid-19 vaccination programmes. 

ASH releases film to help smokers quit

Pharmacy teams can direct those thinking about quitting smoking to a new film, commissioned by Southend Borough Council.

PDA urges zero tolerance approach to violence

The PDA warns it is “long overdue" pharmacy employers take a zeo-tolerance approach to violence in pharmacies.

Largest ever vaccination plan involves community pharmacy sites

The government has started the “largest vaccination programme in British history” in the fight against Covid.

GPhC: No alternative to registration exam

“Not feasible” to introduce an alternative to the registration exam, the GPhC says as it comes under pressure to scrap the assessment. 

Plans for ‘wider involvement’ of pharmacies in vaccinations

Plans are underway to look at how more pharmacies can be involved in the Covid-19 vaccination programme, the PSNC has said.

Moderna Covid-19 vaccine third to get UK approval

The MHRA has approved the Moderna vaccine for Covid-19, the third vaccine against the virus to be approved for use in the UK.

Boots profits down 11.5 per cent ‘due to Covid’

The last financial quarter saw Boots UK hit with a 9.1 per cent drop in retail sales and an 11.5 per cent drop in adjusted gross profit.

Vulnerable communities will get vaccine says minister

Equalities minister Kemi Badenoch has said people at risk of missing out on a Covid vaccine will get one.

Allow remote exam sittings, RPS urges regulator

The RPS says it believes provisional registrants should be able to take the assessment remotely.

Provisional pharmacists won’t run vaccination sites

It would not be appropriate for provisionally registered pharmacists to head up pharmacy Covid-19 vaccination sites, the GPhC has said. 

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