Vaccination scheme extended

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A PHARMACY is extending a vaccination scheme in Hartlepool by making it available to more people including children.

Muslims who are undertaking an annual pilgrimage to Mecca, in Saudi Arabia, can book an appointment at the Co-operative Pharmacy, in Hartlepool, to have a meningococcal (ACWY) vaccination.

The vaccination offered at the Co-operative Pharmacy, on the corner of York Road, in the town, which is now available to those aged 12 and over, is the one recommended by the Department of Health and the only one supported by the Muslim Council of Britain.

Proof that the vaccination has been given is required before the Hajj, a Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca taking place in October.

Before visiting the pharmacy for the vaccination, people can obtain a voucher which entitles them to the vaccination for £35.

Vouchers are available from local mosques, community centres and Co-operative pharmacies.