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Boots expands chickenpox vaccination service to 294 pharmacies

Boots: The service is an example of pharmacists using their clinical skills to support patients’ health
Boots: The service is an example of pharmacists using their clinical skills to support patients’ health

Boots has rolled out its private chickenpox vaccination service to 294 branches across the UK, following a successful pilot involving 30 pharmacies last year.

Each vaccination costs £75, marking a £10 increase on the cost in the pilot, Boots announced today (February 27).

A course of two jabs – given six weeks apart by pharmacists – has a discounted cost of £140 when bought together, Boots explained.

The private service is aimed at patients aged one to 65 who wish to get vaccinated outside the NHS, Boots said.

The first consultation and vaccination takes around 25 minutes, with the second appointment lasting 20 minutes, it added.

Director of pharmacy services Asif Aziz said: “The service will provide customers with self-management advice and education on the warning signs of the complications associated with chickenpox, and will ensure more adults and children across the UK have access to this vaccination.

“It is also a fantastic example of how community pharmacists can use their clinical skills to support patients’ health in locations and at times that are convenient to them.”

According to the NHS, nine out of 10 children, or three quarters of children and adults, develop chickenpox immunity after one jab.

6 Comments
Question: 
Would you consider offering the chickenpox vaccine privately?

Really? Wow, Superintendent Pharmacist

AB and Aldosterone, you need to get with the times. You innovate or you die. NHS money is going only one way. Develop and engage with the community and provide them with something they want, and are willing to pay for. 

 

Benie I, Locum pharmacist

What are the targets? Any penalties if they're not met ?

A B, Community pharmacist

You are correct, that is why I do every commissioned service available and a raft of private PGDs. I disagree with this particular service as it goes against public health advice which discourages mass vaccination for chickenpox.

Aldosterone antagonist, Locum pharmacist

Excuse me but please elaborate on your point of : 'provide them with something they want, and are willing to pay for'.

According to who? Spoken just like a superintendent.....

As the other poster mentioned, there is a reason why chickenpox vaccinations are not routinely given on the NHS for various age populations. All this will do is add pressure to the pharmacist and increase revenue for the company.

Aldosterone antagonist, Locum pharmacist

Another pointless money making scheme

A B, Community pharmacist

Seems like a pointless service to offer. Patients who genuinely need the vaccine can already get it on the NHS. There are good reasons why the NHS doesn't offer the vaccine routinely (not just because of money). 

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