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Labour calls on government to help pharmacies offer vaccinations 24 hours a day

PHARMACIES should be able to carry out Covid-19 vaccinations 24 hours a day, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said last night.

He called on the government to deploy 11,500 community pharmacies in England to help deliver round-the-clock jabs by the end of February. 

It came after Boris Johnson said that the NHS would launch an all-day vaccination service as soon as possible.

At Prime Minister’s Questions, the Tory leader said that “at the moment, the limit is on supply” of the vaccine, but “we will be going to 24/7 as soon as we can.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock will set out further details in due course, Mr Johnson said.

Mr Hancock had earlier questioned whether there would be demand for round-the-clock vaccination services.

Sir Keir also urged the use of a wider range of venues, staff and volunteers to deliver two million vaccines per week and increase weekly capacity to four million by the end of February.

The current 12-hour-a-day programme delivered over 300,000 doses last week, according to government data.

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