The Secretary State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, had his flu jab today at a community pharmacy in London.
In a visit to Keencare Pharmacy, part of the Green Light Pharmacy Group and a National Pharmacy Association (NPA) member, the health secretary met with pharmacist Cynthia Langworthy and NPA chair Andrew Lane. The visit was organised by the NPA and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).
Cynthia said: “It was great to host the health secretary Sajid Javid here at our pharmacy and vaccinate him against flu.
“We spoke about the wide range of services pharmacies provide. He recognised our efforts during the pandemic and was very appreciative of the key role of pharmacy in the NHS and we discussed how pharmacy is often the ‘front door’ of the NHS for many of our patients.”
Health and Social Care Secretary, Sajid Javid said:
“Alongside the COVID-19 booster jabs, we are rolling out the biggest flu programme in our history, with a record 35 million people in England eligible for a free flu jab to keep them safe this winter.
“I’ve done my bit by getting my flu vaccine, and it’s vital that all those who are eligible come forward for both their flu and COVID-19 booster vaccines, to give themselves and their loved ones the best possible protection in the months ahead.”
NPA Chair Andrew Lane said:
“We are delighted to have helped arrange for NPA member Green Light Pharmacy to vaccinate the Health Secretary against flu.
“It also gave us the opportunity to have an initial conversation with him about how pharmacies can help meet the backlog challenge facing the NHS.”
Andrew gave the health secretary a copy of NPA’s How We Can Help report. For more information go to www.npa.co.uk/representing-you/how-we-can-help/