Allestree Pharmacist Reveals Sacrifices Made During COVID-19 Pandemic

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NOTE: This press release was published in May 2021. As such, some information may be outdated. For current information on our vaccination centres, please click here.

A pharmacist at Allestree Pharmacy has revealed how her responsibilities have increased as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Sairah, along with her colleagues Saeed and Helen, run Allestree’s vaccination centre by themselves. Naturally, this is a strenuous task and this year has been incredibly busy for them all.

The work done by community pharmacies is vital in ensuring vaccination efforts are as widespread as possible, even if this entails a relatively small number of staff running things.

Her responsibilities include keeping the booking calendar open to ensure as many people are vaccinated as possible, liaising all information with NHS England, ensuring vaccine supply does not run out, and arranging staffing & volunteers to help run the whole show.

On top of this, she frequently offers up her evenings and weekends to ensure the vaccination centre continues to run smoothly. This is not easy for a wife and mother with two kids at home. Like so many healthcare workers across the country, she has made major sacrifices in order to provide a vital service to the local community.

But to Sairah, this is all in a day’s work: “It’s a great feeling to know that we are part of the bigger picture in helping roll out the vaccinations and help pave the way back to some degree of normality. Yes, it has been very hard work, without a doubt, but it’s certainly worth it.”

The pandemic has truly highlighted the unparalleled efforts healthcare workers go through to protect us. Amid the anxiety and worry, it is easy to forget the genuine hard work and passion that goes into making vaccination centres function. This is why it is so vital to tell stories of tireless healthcare workers like Sairah who hold everything together in times of crisis.

Daniel Pursglove
Daniel Pursglove
Great pharmacy with friendly and helpful staff who don’t ignore you when you enter. It is a bit on the small side and with Covid-19 restrictions can only allow 2 in the shop at any one time. No big deal really in the current climate. One star off for the access and parking. Can be difficult to find a car space and the entry/exit is straight onto the busy A6 road which can be a bit scary to say the least. I tend to park close by and walk where possible. Apart from this minor issue, I am really pleased that I moved from another local pharmacy to this one and now have my repeat prescriptions sent there every time. Thanks for a great service.
Dan S
Dan S
Open when Boots is shut and quick service.
Paul Briddon
Paul Briddon
Excellent service thank you
Wail Altorkmany
Wail Altorkmany
Great service . I would highly recommend them. Very lovely and helpful staff
Danielle Hayes
Danielle Hayes
Such lovely staff and always great experience when I go to this chemist. Wouldn’t go anywhere else
Sid Talib
Sid Talib
Very helpful Pharmasist and excellent team. Always willing to go out of their way to source medication required. Keep up the fantastic work