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Superdrug has confirmed 19 of its stores will offer Covid booster jabs on the high street this autumn and winter.

The pharmacy retailer is to join Boots in supporting the NHS’s Covid-19 booster vaccination programme for those most at risk from the virus.

“We’ll be supporting the NHS with the rollout of the vaccination booster programme and we’re in active discussions about how we can best help them through further pharmacy and nurse involvement,” said Superdrug healthcare director Michael Henry.

“Making the booster vaccination available on the high street increases its accessibility to the public and offers people the option of having the vaccine given to them by their local pharmacist or nurse who they know and trust.”

Those eligible for the booster jab will be contacted by the NHS and will need to reserve their appointment through the NHS national booking site.

“With the anticipated increase in vaccination services – Covid boosters and a bigger flu season than normal – our Superdrug nurses and pharmacists are trained and ready to welcome patients to meet the surge in demand this autumn and winter,” said Henry.

Boots last week said it was embarking on its biggest-ever winter flu vaccination programme after a 67% year-on-year increase in bookings, while also announcing plans to deliver the NHS Covid booster jab in selected stores.

Superdrug claims to have been the first high street retailer to provide Covid vaccinations in January and to have delivered over 171,500 jabs so far.

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