Estimated 1,000 vaccines delivered over weekend after 'street teams' deployed in South Tyneside

Council bosses have praised ‘street teams’ deployed across South Tyneside over the weekend as part of efforts to increase uptake of Covid-19 vaccinations.

By Chris Binding
Thursday, 12th August 2021, 6:32 pm
Efforts to boost vaccine take-up are part of action being taken after the North East was made an 'area of enhanced support'
Efforts to boost vaccine take-up are part of action being taken after the North East was made an 'area of enhanced support'

The move was the first step of ‘enhanced response’ measures announced last month to reduce infection rates in the region and boost vaccine uptake in areas where the rollout was slowing down.

This included working with community leaders and local authority staff to address any possible concerns from the public surrounding vaccines, as well as directing people towards clinics.

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Councillor Tracey Dixon, leader of South Tyneside Council, gave an update on the vaccine surge efforts at a cabinet meeting on August 11.

She told the meeting: “On Friday, Saturday and Sunday we appealed to anyone who had not had their Covid-19 jabs to come forward and get vaccinated as soon as possible.

“I’m pleased to say that the additional street teams and the vaccination hubs reported high levels of engagement and people coming forward for their vaccination.

“We do not yet have a specific number of vaccines delivered, however the team estimate around 1,000 were delivered over the weekend.”

The meeting heard that street teams had received a “positive response” from the public – with more than 4,600 “detailed conversations with people.”

Street teams are also expected to be out again in South Tyneside this weekend, with further specifics to be announced.

Cllr Dixon, leader of the council, went on to say: “The additional 25 boots on the ground were provided to us as part of the North East being an enhanced response area.

“We have had confirmation that we will receive the same support again this weekend with additional officers on the streets and working with communities on Friday, August 13 through to Sunday, August 15.

“We’re yet to finalise the specifics but we aim to target Boldon Lane, Jarrow and Hebburn to bring the vaccine uptake even higher.

“We will be making further announcements later this week.”

Any additional vaccine clinics will be uploaded to by NHS South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group once confirmed.

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