Gillian Keegan MP visits vaccine volunteers

Gillian Keegan MP with Midhurst vaccine volunteers

Gillian Keegan MP, visited the team at the Midhurst Pharmacy last week to thank their team of volunteers for all their work on the vaccine roll-out.

The Pharmacy recently celebrated six months as a vaccine centre, based at Midhurst Memorial Hall, and in that time have given 42,000 doses to people across the area. A feat Gillian described as a “fantastic achievement”. On her visit, to the pharmacy, Gillian was shown around by the pharmacy owner Raj Rohilla, who also spoke to her about how he, and his team, are now focusing on encouraging younger members within the community to come forward, and offering walk-in appointments.

After her visit, Gillian said, “I was hugely impressed by the sheer volume of vaccines delivered at the pharmacy. Raj and his brilliant team continue to do exceptional work to vaccinate local people. What we now need is for anyone who is yet to get the vaccine to come forward, if not to protect themselves then to protect others in the community.”

During the visit Raj, also raised some concerns with the NHS central booking system with some people not noticing the confirmation button, an issue Gillian highlighted to NHS leaders the following day, and who agreed to look into the issue further.

Following Gillian’s visit Raj said, “All of us at Midhurst Pharmacy are very grateful that Gillian came to see us and for all her ongoing support, and especially for taking such swift action regarding some of the issues we raised. Our main message is, if you’re yet to be vaccinated please come and see us.”

Across West Sussex, the vaccine roll-out has been performing well with very high uptake. The priority for the area is to get more young people vaccinated, currently, around 70% of young people are inoculated.

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