Guildford Superdrug among first 5 high street pharmacies to get COVID-19 Vaccine

Superdrug has announced that the Guildford Superdrug store will be among the first High Street stores in England providing vaccines tor COVID-19. The Express has reported that there are eight stores in total, including Basingstoke, Bristol, Gloucester, Guildford, Halifax Huddersfield, Leeds and Manchester that have been selected to deliver the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine.

Superdrug has also been offering a COVID-19 antibody testing service, where for a fee, a nurse will collect a blood sample at a local clinic for testing via a partnered lab.

Guildford Superdrug COVID-19 Vaccine: How does the Oxford Vaccine work?

According to the Oxford Vaccine website:

“The Oxford vaccine contains the genetic sequence of this surface spike protein. When the vaccine enters cells inside the body, it uses this genetic code to produce the surface spike protein of the coronavirus. This induces an immune response, priming the immune system to attack the coronavirus if it later infects the body.”

A diagram showing how the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine works. A chimpanzee adenovirus is used in the ChAdOx1 viral vector, engineered to match the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein.

“This is just one of hundreds of vaccine development projects around the world; several successful vaccines offers the best possible results for humanity. Lessons learned from our work on this project are being shared with teams around the world to ensure the best chances of success.”

If you would like to know more about the Oxford Vaccine, you can find a wealth of information about the creation and testing of the vaccine here: https://www.research.ox.ac.uk/Article/2020-07-19-the-oxford-covid-19-vaccine

 

Cllr John Tonks

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