The growing Harborough Mail campaign to use local pharmacies as emergency Covid vaccination hubs is being backed by another well-known Market Harborough chemist.
Moins on Coventry Road is joining High Street outlet Mistrys in supporting the ambitious bid to deploy 11,000 pharmacies all over the country in an effort to vaccinate the whole of the population.
Moinuddin Kolia, a director of Moins, told the Mail: “I’m only too happy to throw our weight behind this crucial mission.
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“Let’s get this bandwagon moving and crack on now!
“Covid has already caused too much anxiety, stress and heartache – the sooner we get everyone vaccinated the better.”
He said they were getting calls from customers every day asking if they were administering the new life-saving coronavirus shots.
“We give flu and travel vaccines to people so we’ve got all the necessary skills.
“We don’t have all the facts and figures of the new Covid vaccines.
“But I’m sure we could get hold of those quickly and there’s no reason at all why we can’t get involved,” said Moinuddin.
“A lot of families have already been caught up in this terrible pandemic.
“Some people have been unfortunate enough to lose their loved ones.
“That’s truly tragic.
“And these people can feel real guilt, feeling that they are directly responsible for their demise.
“They are not, of course, but that’s not a nice thing – it’s devastating.
“And the bereaved cannot even meet their close family and friends to support each other because of the virus – they are on their own.
“It’s not the same talking to someone on the phone as it is seeing them face to face.
“I’d love to give them a big hug and reach out to them,” said Moinuddin.
“That’s precisely why it’s so critical to vaccinate every one of us before many more die or fall sick.
“People trust us, they know who we are and they know where we are – and we are easy to get to.
“The people of Market Harborough have been very good to us since we opened in the town in 2012.
“We’ve gone from strength to strength and we want to help the community how ever we can.
“So please give us the vaccines and we’ll help to support the biggest vaccination programme the NHS has ever carried out.
“Time really is of the essence – we all want to get back to normal as soon as we can.
“This is also a great opportunity for the people of the world to unite and come together.
“Working together we can overcome all sorts of global challenges such as racism, poverty and injustices as well as pandemics like Covid,” insisted Moinuddin.
You can read about fellow Market Harborough pharmacist Shanti Mistry’s vow to back the Harborough Mail pharmacy fight here: Harborough chemist backs Harborough Mail's campaign to deploy local pharmacies to give people the Covid-19 vaccine now