Original article from Kent Live
A Sevenoaks pharmacist took her first day off in more than two months on Good Friday after vaccinating more than 10,000 residents against coronavirus.
Mum-of-one Hinal Makwana, 33, has single handedly jabbed all those who have stepped through the doors of Sevenoaks Pharmacy – the first independent chemist in Kent to offer the vaccine on January 28.
Since then she has been working 12 hour-days seven days a week but she says her motivation and drive to vaccinate the population continues unabated.
“It’s a relief,” she said.
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“I thought I would be tired and would be struggling but I find I still have that drive to carry on to do more. The turnout has been astounding and everyone is so happy to be here and we find a lot of people are eager to get it done so it’s nice to see them leave happy.”
Mrs Makwana, who bought the chemist a year before the pandemic, rarely sees her young daughter and husband and carries out a gruelling 8am to 8pm shift every day.
But she says knowing she is making a difference means they are also happy to carry on without her “a little longer”.
Her selfless mission has been praised by her band of 22 volunteers who have helped the pharmacist guide patients in and out of the doors.
Volunteer Lee Bampton said there was “always someone to fill in” to make sure the shop was manned and patients registered and guided in.
Mrs Makwana added the pharmacy would continue to offer the Astra Zeneca jab until July when it is hoped all over 18s will have received the vaccine.
But she said she would be back offering jabs in September if plans for a booster to tackle new COVID variants get the go ahead.
The pharmacy was visited by Sevenoaks MP, Laura Trott last Monday (March 29) who also praised staff and volunteers and revealed her dad had been one of those jabbed at its Dartford Road site.