Covid autumn booster jabs available in South Shields and Jarrow as minibus returns

People in South Tyneside eligible for their coronavirus booster jabs can get vaccinated while out in town as the NHS Covid-19 vaccine bus is returns.

The vaccine bus will provide the chance for those who are eligible for the autumn booster to drop by and get their vaccine.

The minibus will be pulling up in South Shields town centre on Thursday, November 20, from 10am-4pm and heading to its next stop at Morrisons car park in Jarrow on Friday, November 11, from 10am-4pm.

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GP Dr John Lloyd said: "As we head into winter, one of the best ways to protect yourself is to keep up to date with your vaccines.

The vaccine minibus.

"The autumn booster is a great chance to top up your immunity against Covid 19. So if you’re eligible, it would be worthwhile dropping in and getting your autumn booster.”

Councillor Anne Hetherington, South Tyneside Council’s Lead Member for Adults, Health and Independence said: “We know how busy life gets which is why we are bringing the vaccine out to people in their communities. It’s so important that people keep up to date with their boosters to ensure that we can continue to combat the spread of Covid.

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“With so many convenient ways to grab a jab, it couldn’t be easier to get protected. I’d encourage everyone to do the right thing and get their booster for themselves and those around them.”

The team will be delivering the autumn booster only for those who are eligible.

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Eligible groups include frontline health and social care workers, high risk groups, pregnant women, people who have, or live with someone who has a weakened immune system, and over-50s. Details of eligible groups are available at www.getyourjab.uk.

Health teams say the booster can only be given at least 91 days after your previous vaccine, adding:

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:: If you are eligible but unable to attend the bus drop-in, please wait to be invited for your autumn booster by your local NHS.

:: If you have already made an appointment for your Autumn Booster and wish to attend the drop-in vaccine service instead, please remember to cancel your other appointment.

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:: If you have any questions about your vaccine, please contact the local vaccine contact centre on 0191 283 1925 or call 119.