|The local community website, Salford Online, covers The Co-operative Pharmacy’s extension of its meningococcal vaccination scheme for British Muslims preparing to undertake Hajj this year.|
From the local news site:
“The Co-operative Pharmacy is extending its meningococcal vaccination scheme in Salford this year by making it available to more people including children.
“Members of the Muslim community who are undertaking an annual pilgrimage to Mecca can book an appointment with their local branch to have a meningococcal (ACWY) vaccination, which is a requirement for Umrah and the Hajj.
“The vaccine is now available for those aged 12 years old and upwards* and the vaccine offered by The Co-operative Pharmacy is the one recommended by the Department of Health and the only one supported by Muslim Council of Britain.** The service is delivered in partnership with Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Limited and The Muslim Council of Britain.
“The Hajj, a pilgrimage to Mecca which able-bodied Muslims are expected to perform at least once in their lives, will take place in October. Proof that the vaccination has been given is required before the necessary visa paperwork can be completed.
“Before visiting the pharmacy for the vaccination, individuals can obtain a voucher which entitles them to the vaccination for £35***. Vouchers can be obtained from local mosques, community centres, and participating Co-operative pharmacies.**** More than 450 Co-operative Pharmacies will offer the meningococcal jab.”
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