Knaresborough pharmacy urges people to come forward for covid vaccine
Last updated Nov 3, 2023
Jason Baskind (pic: BNI UK) and Harrogate Masonic Hall.

A Knaresborough pharmacy director has urged people to come forward for a covid vaccine and warned that the virus is “still out there”.

Homecare Pharmacy Services took over the Harrogate Masonic Hall in October to offer covid vaccines to those eligible.

Despite a busy beginning, managing director Jason Baskind said the number of people using the service quickly “died down”.

He added:

“We were really busy for the first two weeks – it was good initially — but people need to be reminded that covid is still out there.”

The pharmacy played a key role in the pandemic after the NHS requested its help to roll-out the vaccine.

It moved to Chain Lane Community Hub and the former Lidl site in Knaresborough to administer more than 200,000 vaccinations.

Mr Baskind feels a change in attitude towards the virus has contributed to the slow uptake. He said:

“I think people have learned to live with it. There was a sense of panic when it was first rolled out and a stipulation to get it – which people did.

“Now, there’s potentially a sense of apathy in terms of the vaccine, but why not take the opportunity to get it?”

Appointments for a covid vaccine can be made on the NHS  national booking website.

Those currently eligible for the covid vaccine include people aged 65 and over, frontline healthcare workers, and high-risk individuals living with health conditions.

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