The private vaccination is now available in 57 of the company’s “nurse and pharmacist health clinic stores” across England, Wales and Scotland (see map below), Superdrug told C+D on Friday (July 14).
The vaccine will be given by Superdrug nurses to patients aged between one and 65, who have not already had chickenpox, it said.
Superdrug will be expanding the vaccine's availability with two more stores offering the vaccination from this week, with 58 offering the service at any one time, "dependent on nurse availability", it told C+D.
The vaccine costs £65 per dose, and the company recommends two doses – administered four to eight weeks apart – to give “heightened immune protection”.
Superdrug claimed to be the “first” UK high street retailer to offer the vaccine privately. The jab is available on the NHS for "individuals who are likely to come into contact with people who are particularly vulnerable to chickenpox, such as those having chemotherapy", according to the NHS Choices website.
Superdrug's health and wellbeing ambassador Dr Pixie McKenna acknowledged that chickenpox is often seen as a childhood “rite of passage”, but said “spot-picking can lead to long-term scarring”.
“Having suffered from severe chicken pox at the age of 19, I would far rather have undergone the vaccine,” she added.
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