Community pharmacies in Wales need to be involved at scale in providing the Covid-19 vaccine, the country's pharmacy negotiator has said.
In a briefing to the Welsh Sennedd, copied to the Welsh health and social care minister and picked up by BBC Wales, Community Pharmacy Wales said: "Everything needs to be sped up. At a minimum, all community pharmacies who currently deliver flu vaccine should be immediately invited to participate and absolutely no community pharmacy that expresses an interest should be turned down."
CPW said that, to date, only Hywel Dda Local Health Board has even asked for expressions of interest from community pharmacists in participating in the Primary Care Covid-19 Immunisation Service (PCCIS) "and even there those contractors who have expressed an interest have still not been commissioned.
"Building on our success and energy in delivering the flu vaccination programme in Wales, we believe community pharmacists will become involved in significant numbers to maximise our contribution to protecting public health".
CPW pointed out that a financial framework for remunerating community pharmacists for administering the Covid-19 vaccine has already been agreed across the UK. The CPW Board has developed a short action list which it believes will enable as many members as possible of community pharmacy teams across the country to effectively contribute to the roll out of the vaccine.
CPW's Action List includes: