As we reported two weeks ago, Whalley Range is lucky to have two neighbourhood centres administering the NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme. On Monday, Whalley Range Labour candidate Muqaddasah Bano visited Everest Pharmacy on Withington Road along with Councillors Aftab Razaq and Angeliki Stogia, where they met Mr Waqqass Sheikh and his staff who are hard at work delivering the service, seven days a week.
As Waqqass pointed out, anyone who has received an NHS letter or a message from their GP to say that they are now eligible for the vaccine, can make an appointment at one of these local centres – it’s not necessary to travel across the city to another venue. He says that currently Everest have plenty of capacity, and it’s often possible to get an appointment at short notice.
“A lot of people don’t know that a short trip to a local centre is even an option – we need to make the most of these facilities” says Bano. She adds “But I am also worried about ‘vaccine hesitancy’. There are too many people reading bad information and conspiracy theories online who are reluctant to get the injection. We should trust the scientists and our faith leaders, and let’s get Whalley Range vaccinated as soon as we can!”
If you’re eligible for a vaccination, you can contact either of these local centres to make an appointment: