Asda first to offer Covid jab

ASDA became the first supermarket in the UK to offer Covid-19 vaccinations late last month.

The supermarket was selected by NHS England to operate a vaccination centre from an in-store pharmacy in Birmingham from 25 January.

Asda has invested to transform its clothing department to make space for the vaccination centre, which operates from 8am to 8pm seven days each week, with a capacity to administer 250 jabs per day.

The site is the first Asda pharmacy to be approved to support the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine programme.

Roger Burnley, chief executive and president of Asda said: “We are incredibly proud to provide this service and are keen to do all we can to help NHS and government accelerate the rollout of the vaccination programme.

“We have an extensive 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.”