Three drop-in clinic sessions open across South Tyneside to boost borough's Covid vaccination effort
South Tyneside's Covid-19 vaccine effort is stepping up a gear with the opening of three regular drop-in clinics to help protect people as the date for lifting of restrictions approaches.
The clinics, which can be accessed by anyone over 18, are targeted mainly at people who still need their first jab, as the NHS aims to help as many people as possible get their first dose before Monday, July 19.
The sessions will be taking place at The Glen primary care centre, in Hebburn, on Tuesdays between 3pm and 6pm; Cleadon Park primary care centre, on Thursdays between 3pm and 6pm; and Flagg Court health centre, in South Shields, on Saturdays between 3pm and 6pm, until further notice.
Dr John Lloyd, is part of the team coordinating the vaccine in South Tyneside
"It's never been easier to get the vaccine, and more than three-quarters of South Tyneside residents have already had their first dose,” said the GP
"Getting vaccinated is the best protection both for yourself and everyone around you, so it's great that we can now offer another easy way - with no booking and no hassle."
Latest figures show that 77.1% of local people have had their first dose, while more than half of the adults in South Tyneside (59.3%) have had their second dose.
The new clinics provide another convenient option for people to get the jab locally.
While GP-led vaccine centres and mass vaccine centres in the region have been operating for several months, the jab is also available by appointment at four local pharmacies.
Those four practices are: Edinburgh Road Pharmacy, in Jarrow; Simonside Pharmacy, in South Shields; Neil Pharmacy, in Jarrow; and Whiteleas Pharmacy, in South Shields.
It came after the Gazette and its sister titles ran the Shot in the Arm campaign, calling for the UK’s network of pharmacies to be brought in to boost the jab programme.
To book an appointment at a local vaccine centre (The Glen, Cleadon Park or Flagg Court), readers should call the South Tyneside Vaccination Contact Centre on 0191 283 1925 or speak with their GP practice.
Appointments to get the vaccine are available via the NHS website or by calling 119 between 7am and 11pm.
For questions about the vaccine, call the South Tyneside Vaccination Contact Centre on: 0191 283 1925.