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Prime Minister visits Boots COVID-19 vaccination hub in Uxbridge

10 January 2022
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  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited a Boots vaccination hub in Uxbridge and met some of the Boots pharmacists who are administering COVID-19 booster jabs to patients
  • This week Boots celebrates one year of supporting the NHS to administer COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Boots continues to support the NHS to deliver COVID-19 booster vaccinations in over 80 stores and has doubled appointment capacity since December

Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with some of the Boots pharmacists who are playing such a vital role in the UK’s booster vaccination roll out while visiting his local Boots pharmacy in Uxbridge today.

Since Boots opened its first vaccination hub at its Halifax store in January 2021, Boots has administered over 1.4 million COVID-19 vaccinations. It continues to support the NHS to offer COVID-19 booster vaccinations at over 80 pharmacies through specially created vaccination hubs or in consultation rooms.

To support the national effort to accelerate uptake of COVID-19 booster jabs, since December Boots has doubled appointment capacity at existing sites and added a small number of new sites too.

Boots Vaccination Programme Director Nick Sunderland said: “We are so proud of our pharmacists who have worked incredibly hard to support the national effort to accelerate the COVID-19 booster vaccination programme. It is thanks to them that we have been able to increase our appointment capacity and it is great to have the Prime Minister recognise the important role that community pharmacy has played in the success of the COVID-19 vaccination programme to date.”

Boots Uxbridge Store Manager Karthick Chakrapani said: “Working on the front lines of the COVID-19 vaccination programme is a real honour. Our patients tell us that they value the opportunity to get their booster at their local pharmacy – it is convenient and an environment they are already familiar with. As healthcare professionals, we know that the booster is vitally important in reducing the chances of people getting seriously unwell as a result of COVID-19 and we encourage anyone who has not yet had their booster to book an appointment as soon as possible.”

Patients can book a COVID-19 booster vaccination via the NHS National Booking Service.


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Boots is the UK’s leading health and beauty retailer with over 52,000 team members and around 1,900 stores, ranging from local community pharmacies to large destination health and beauty stores.*

Boots serves its customers and patients for life as the leading provider of healthcare on the high street and the UK’s number one beauty destination. It offers an unrivalled depth and breadth of products, which incorporates its extensive own brand range and innovative portfolio of brands, including No7, the UK’s No1 skincare brand, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle Beauty and Sleek MakeUP.

2024 marks Boots’ 175th anniversary year. Founder John Boot opened a herbalist store in Nottingham in 1849 to offer an affordable alternative to traditional medicines. His son Jesse expanded the business to become a modern retailer and the biggest chemist in Britain. Throughout its history, Boots has listened, learned and innovated, and it continues to challenge itself to improve its products and services every day.

Boots is part of Walgreens Boots Alliance, which is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail.  More company information is available on

*Figures accurate as of 31 May 2024