Local MP Stephen McPartland visited one of the community pharmacies in Stevenage, Archer Pharmacy, to have his flu vaccination.
Stephen McPartland MP commented, "The NHS flu vaccination service is an excellent service and so accessible, with no appointments required. It only takes a few minutes and many patients are loyal to their pharmacy, so everyone knows each other quite well, making it an easy experience. The vaccination will help protect people through the winter months avoiding an illness that can have serious consequences. I encourage at-risk people in Stevenage to make sure they get their flu jab.
"I would also like to congratulate local employers, such as the NHS, Royal Mail and Stevenage Borough Council which are offering free flu-jabs to their staff."
Mr Mandora, local community pharmacist at Archer Pharmacy, Stevenage, added, “The NHS community pharmacy flu vaccination service, which is now available in Stevenage, is a great opportunity for more at-risk people to have their jab protecting them during the winter.
"Archer Pharmacy has been in heart of the community over the last 30 years providing an essential and important service to its patients.The support we have received from the local community has made it all worthwhile. The new owners Hyderali Datoo and Mohamed Irfan Moledina hope to build upon the great relationship and goodwill with local residents.
"Community pharmacies are the most accessible healthcare locations and this service makes it easier than ever for you to get vaccinated, in the main without the need for an appointment.”
As part of the NHS Flu Vaccination Service, all adults aged 65 years and over, and those aged 18 years or over and in clinical risk groups, can receive a free of charge NHS flu jab at community pharmacies. People in at-risk groups include pregnant women and those with certain medical conditions including asthma and diabetes. Pharmacists will be administering the same flu jab as those offered by GPs, and patients’ GP practices will be notified that they have been vaccinated.