Today (Thursday 4th February) the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme in North Tyneside reached a new milestone with the 30,000th vaccination administered locally.

The milestone means North Tyneside’s Vaccination Programme is on track to have the top four priority groups – which includes over 70s and the clinically extremely vulnerable – vaccinated by mid February, as long as vaccine supply continues to arrive in the borough.

North Tyneside CCG has worked closely with the four Primary Care Network (PCN) partners in our area and TyneHealth GP Federation to ensure a smooth roll out of the vaccination. The vaccine programme is predominately being delivered at our three vaccination sites based in Wallsend, North Shields and Longbenton.  District Nurses, Frailty Nurses, GPs and Pharmacists have also visited house bound residents and all older adult residential and nursing homes to administer vaccinations.

From our first vaccination on the 15th December, our teams of clinicians, volunteer and other NHS staff have continued to worked tirelessly to ensure a safe and efficient vaccine roll out across North Tyneside.

The Vaccination Programme is accelerating and more individuals will be contacted in the coming days and weeks, when it’s their turn to receive the jab. We have now moved to contacting those in priority groups three and four which includes; adults aged 70-79 and those who are clinical extremely vulnerable and shielding.

Please wait to be contacted directly and don’t ring your GP, as practices remain very busy at this time. Residents are reminded that they may contacted in one of the following ways:

  • A letter from the national booking service to attend a mass vaccination service. Our nearest is at The Centre for Life in Newcastle, but many more of these sites are opening and operational throughout the North East region, and can invite people from up to a 45 miles radius (for example in Middlesborough or Teeside.)
  • Our GP-led services in North Tyneside will ring or text you, inviting you to attend a LOCAL vaccination site at one of three hubs. Mobile community teams of GPs, nurses and allied health professionals are also visiting housebound patients.

The mass vaccination centres have more capacity and you may get a letter from them before your local GP contacts you. You do not have to attend this mass vaccination service if you cannot travel safely, have poor mobility, or would prefer to wait for a local appointment from your GP-led service.

For more information on the pandemic and our response please see our Covid-19 Information Hub while specific information about the vaccine roll out – including our FAQs – can be found here.

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