The dedicated COVID-19 Vaccination Centre at Lalys Pharmacy in Guildhall Walk has begun its programme of Booster Jabs to protect the vulnerable this winter.

With people patiently waiting in queues outside and the expansion of its fully-staffed vaccination stations, Lalys Pharmacy is playing its part in giving the elderly, medically vulnerable and those working in healthcare extra protection against COVID-19 in preparation for the winter months.

As one of the first pharmacies in the UK, and the first in Portsmouth, to start administering COVID vaccinations at the beginning of the year, Lalys Pharmacy’s well-established clinic is meeting the huge demand from those booking online through the government website.

‘Though we have expanded our capacity from two to three stations and deployed extra staff so that they can operate at the same time, we have still had queues of people wanting their boosters,’ says Founder and Director Mr Baldev Laly.

‘Since having their initial vaccinations six months ago with little or no side effects, we are finding people are confident and fully relaxed about coming for their boosters. The take up, enthusiasm and gratitude is just as strong as the first time round which shows we still feel a collective responsibility in facing what may lie ahead this winter.’

The clinic at Lalys Pharmacy continues to be open seven days a week, opening for extra hours on a Sunday for maximum choice and convenience, and is still administering first and second jabs for those who have yet to be vaccinated.

‘Whereas the booster jabs are given to those who have been invited to book through the government website, anyone is welcome to attend for their first or second COVID vaccination without appointment,’ explains Mr Laly.

‘The aim is to head into the winter as prepared as possible, so that those who do catch COVID 19 will be in a much better position to recover quickly and without the need for hospital or intensive care.’