More than half of adults in South Tyneside now fully vaccinated with two covid vaccine doses, say health chiefs
The borough’s coronavirus vaccine programme has reached a new milestone, with more than 55% of its adult population having now received two doses of a covid jab, which provides the best levels of protection.
More than 70,000 residents have received their second dose vaccinations within local vaccination hubs, with many more people aged 25 and over now starting to receive their invitations to be jabbed.
When invited, people will be able to book at one of the vaccination centres, pharmacy or general practice sites across the region that are available through the national booking service.
South Tyneside vaccination hubs consist of: Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre; Flagg Court Health Centre; and the Glen Primary Care Centre.
Residents can also now get vaccinated at South Tyneside's community pharmacies, including: Edinburgh Road Pharmacy, in Jarrow; Simonside Pharmacy, in South Shields; Neil Pharmacy, in Jarrow; and Whiteleas Pharmacy, in South Shields.
"It's brilliant to see our community uniting, doctors, nurses, key workers, security and volunteer marshals, everyone has pulled together to achieve this amazing milestone – South Tyneside couldn’t be prouder,” said Councillor Tracey Dixon, leader of South Tyneside Council.
"The COVID-19 vaccine has brought hope to everyone in our local communities. It feels like we are moving forwards and the more people that get vaccinated the more positive the future post-covid appears."
Since the vaccination programme got going in mid-December, more than 165,000 doses have been administered to residents across South Tyneside.
As the teams work down through the age groups, it is encouraged that people continue to join the millions in getting vaccinated against covid-19.
"The progress we have made has been amazing and I thank everyone involved in the vaccination programme for their support and dedication,” Matt Brown, Executive Director of Operations at South Tyneside CCG, said.
"Remember, getting vaccinated is the only way to protect the people yourself and those you care about and it's important that you also return for your second dose when you are called to ensure you get the higher level of protection."