'Wait to be called' - South Tyneside doctors' message as second vaccine centre goes live in borough

Doctors have told South Tyneside residents to wait until they are called to get the Covid vaccine as the second vaccination centre opens in the borough.

By Sophie Brownson
Tuesday, 22nd December 2020, 2:28 pm

South Tyneside’s Covid-19 programme moved up a gear on Tuesday as the NHS opened the borough’s second vaccination centre, less than a week after the first centre opened at Flagg Court Primary Care Centre in South Shields.

The vaccine is being provided to people who are most at risk by groups of GP practices known as Primary Care Networks.

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The first Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines have rolled out across South Tyneside.

Practices in Hebburn and Jarrow have come together to staff the new centre.

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“It’s a privilege to be part of such an incredible effort,” said Dr Duane Cordner, a Jarrow GP and one of the team running the new centre.

“I’ve watched the South Shields vaccine team in action and it’s wonderful to see – practice staff, agency staff and volunteers all working so hard, and so well together.

Dr Duane Cordner, a Jarrow GP and one of the team running the new centre.

"The team has done a tremendous job and I thank them all.

“The system has been planned with great care – there’s an appointment every five minutes, with stewards on hand to guide patients through to the nurse or healthcare assistant who provides their vaccine.

“Almost 1,500 people have had the first vaccine already, and not a single patient has missed their appointment.

“Please don’t call your practice asking when you will be called – we need everyone to be patient and wait for your invitation.”

The borough’s latest new vaccine centre will be followed by a third in January, as practices continue to step up the programme.

Priority groups for the vaccine were identified nationally by the NHS, with people over 80 being invited first, and care home staff and frontline NHS staff taking up spare appointment slots.

Everyone who receives the Pfizer vaccine will also need a booster jab after 21 days for it to be effective.

“It’s just what the country needs, to get back to something like normality,” said Dr Cordner.

“It will be a long process, but everyone is working so hard and patients can continue to help us by social distancing, wearing face masks and washing hands regularly.”

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