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I’ve welcomed extra Covid vaccination facilities for Northwich after raising concerns on behalf of residents.

It was troubling to hear initial reports under 50s might have to travel outside the town.

Now two extra pharmacy sites have been announced for the Northwich area – one in Hartford and one in Barnton – operational towards the end of May. Appointments will be available through the national booking service.

In addition, there are plans for a roving unit to target ‘harder to reach’ communities, more remote locations and areas of low take-up, with Northwich Memorial Court identified as a possible location.

It was after raising concerns with Cheshire West and Chester Council and the health authority, the local NHS agreed to ramp up accessibility for the Covid vaccination programme in the Northwich area.

I was concerned the previous situation would have caused considerable inconvenience for individuals, especially those reliant on public transport. A further worry was the risk a dearth of local facilities could have undermined the immunisation programme.

Well done to the local NHS and community pharmacies for listening and responding.

If you are eligible for a Covid-19 vaccination, but yet to book an appointment, you can do this now by contacting the national booking service via www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination or by calling 119. Alternatively, you can wait to be contacted by your GP practice

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