The flu vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine. It’s offered every year on the NHS to help protect people at risk of getting seriously ill from flu. On this page we will provide residents in North Tyneside with the information about how the flu vaccination programme will work in 2021.

Who is eligible for a free flu vaccine?

    • Those aged 50 and over
    • Those with certain health conditions
    • Pregnant people
    • Those in long-stay residential care
    • Those who receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
    • Those who live with someone who’s at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
    • Frontline health or social care workers or those who provide health or social care through direct payments or personal health budgets, or both
    • Children aged two and three
    • All primary school children (Reception to Year 6)
    • All secondary school children from Year 7 to 11
    • Children up to the age of 17 with long-term health conditions.

Why do I need my flu vaccine?

Experts are concerned this year could be one of the worst for flu infections, because immunity has dropped off due to measures designed to control the spread of Covid-19, but this doesn’t mean that flu has gone away.

Dr Neil O’Brien is a GP and is the lead for the North East and North Cumbria Flu Board:

“Modelling indicates the flu season could be up to 50% larger than typically seen and it is also possible it will begin earlier than usual. Given what we’ve all been through in the past 18 months, nobody needs flu on top of everything else. Despite the attention that we have all had to pay to COVID, it’s worth remembering that flu can be very serious and can even kill, plus it spreads easily so you can pass it onto others, potentially putting them at risk.”

Those eligible for a flu vaccine will be invited around the same time as they’re invited to get their COVID-19 booster dose by their GP.  Where possible sites will try to offer both flu vaccine and COVID booster together, but this may not always be possible.  It is important that when you are invited for either vaccine you attend as soon as possible to improve immunity as early as possible.

Over 50 community pharmacies across North Tyneside are also offering flu vaccines – all the details can be found in the next section.

Where can I get my flu vaccine?

Residents in North Tyneside, who are eligible for a free flu vaccination will be invited by their GP. Alternatively you may prefer to get your flu vaccination at a local pharmacy instead. Below you can find details of where your local GP service will be inviting you to receive your flu vaccination or you can chose one of the 58 local pharmacies across North Tyneside who are also offering free flu vaccinations.

Your GP

All of the GP practices are inviting eligible patients to get their flu vaccine via their practice. Some GP practices are working together to offer flu vaccinations alongside the COVID-19 booster vaccines at centrally located hubs whilst some practices are doing both COVID and Flu vaccinations at their individual surgeries. Please refer to the table below for details.

North Shields

GP Practice Booster Site
Collingwood Surgery Unit 30 Royal Quays Outlet Centre
Nelson Health Group Unit 30 Royal Quays Outlet Centre
Redburn Park Medical Centre Unit 30 Royal Quays Outlet Centre
Priory Medical Group Unit 30 Royal Quays Outlet Centre
Spring Terrace Health Centre Spring Terrace Health Centre

North West

GP Practice Booster Site
Lane End Surgery Oxford Centre
West Farm Surgery Oxford Centre
Wellspring Medical Practice Oxford Centre
Wideopen Medical Centre Oxford Centre
Mallard Medical Practice Oxford Centre
Swarland Avenue Surgery Oxford Centre
Woodlands Park Medical Centre Oxford Centre
Stephenson Park Health Group Oxford Centre
Northumberland Park Oxford Centre

Wallsend

GP Practice Booster Site
Bewicke Medical Centre Bewicke Medical Centre or Langdale Centre
Park Road Medical Practice Park Road Medical Practice
Portugal Place Portugal Place
Village Green Surgery Village Green Surgery

Whitley Bay

GP Practice Booster Site
Beaumont Park Unit 30 Royal Quays Outlet Centre
Whitley Bay Health Centre Unit 30 Royal Quays Outlet Centre
Marine Avenue Medical Centre Unit 30 Royal Quays Outlet Centre
Park Parade Surgery North Tyneside General Hospital Outpatients Department
49 Marine Avenue North Tyneside General Hospital Outpatients Department
Monkseaton Medical Centre Shiremoor Resource Centre
Bridge Medical Practice Shiremoor Resource Centre

Local Pharmacies

If getting your flu vaccine through your GP isn’t convientient or you’d prefer to go elsewhere, 58 Community pharmacy sites in North Tyneside are also offering flu vaccines.

No Pharmacy site Address Postcode
1 Asda Benton Road, Benton NE12 9SJ
2 Burn Terrace Pharmacy Willington Quay NE28 7BJ
3 Burradon Pharmacy 33 Front Street, Camperdown NE12 5UT
4 Coast Road Pharmacy Coast Road NE28 9HP
5 Dennis Pharmacy 9-13 Tynemouth Road, Willington Quay NE28 0AA
6 Fairmans High Street West, Wallsend NE28 8HU
7 Fairmans Whitley Road, Whitley Bay NE26 2SN
8 Forest Hall Pharmacy 99 Station Road NE12 7HS
9 MailMyMeds Unit 1 Ground Floor, Quorum Park, Longbenton NE12 8EW
10 Marden Residents Association Bavington Gardens, North Shields NE30 3QD
11 Monkseaton Methodist Church 37 Front Street NE25 8AQ
12 Northumbria University Coach Lane Campus, Benton NE7 7XA
13 Seaton Burn Pharmacy 36 Bridge Street NE13 6EN
14 Seaton Pharmacy Shiremoor Resource Centre, Earsdon Road NE27 0HJ
15 St Paul’s House Eldon Street, Willington Quay NE28 6NQ
16 Tesco Norham Road, North Shields NE29 7UJ
17 The Cedarwood Trust The Avenue, North Shields NE29 7QT
18 Collingwood Centre Unit 13-14, North Shields NE29 9QR
19 Beacon Shopping Centre Unit 26, North Shields NE29 6QF
20 Village Hotel The Silverlink north, West Allotment NE27 0BY
21 Wallsend Memorial Hall 10 Frank Street NE28 6RN
22 Welcome Health Pharmacy 205 Whitley Road, Whitley Bay NE26 2SY
23 Well Pharmacy Windsor Drive, High Howdon NE28 0PS
24 White Swan Centre Citadel East, Killingworth NE12 6SS
25 Wideopen Pharmacy 42 Park View NE13 6LH
26 Boots The Killingworth Health Centre NE12 6HS
27 Morrisons Pharmacy Unit 27, The Killingworth Centre NE12 6YT
28 Boots 25 Station Road North, Forest Hall NE12 7AR
29 Halls Pharmacy 3 Station Road North, Forest Hall NE12 7AR
30 Boots Unit 4 The Boulevard, Longbenton NE12 8GA
31 Lloyds Pharmacy 24 Market Street, Dudley NE23 7HR
32 Fairmans Pharmacy 7 Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8AN
33 Morrison Pharmacy Hillheads Road, Whitley Bay NE25 8HN
34 Lloyds Pharmacy – Sainsbury’s Whitley Bay NE25 9EX
35 Lloyds Pharmacy Monkseaton Medical Centre NE25 9PH
36 Boots Unit 15 Park View Shopping Centre, Whitley Bay NE26 1DJ
37 Boots 154 Whitley Road, Whitley Bay NE26 2NA
38 Boots 9 Claremont Crescent, Whitley Bay NE26 3HL
39 Whitley Bay Pharmacy 116 Park View NE26 3QL
40 Backworth Pharmacy Unit 2 – Old Co-Op Building NE27 0JE
41 Shiremoor Pharmacy Unit 2A Northumberland Park District Centre NE27 0SJ
42 Willington Quay Pharmacy 94 Bewicke Road NE28 6NJ
43 Portugal Place Pharmacy The Health Centre, Wallsend NE28 6RZ
44 Well Crow Bank, The Green, Wallsend NE28 7BD
45 Boots 6 The Forum, Wallsend NE28 8JR
46 Lloyds Pharmacy Portacabin at Battle Hill Medical Centre NE28 9DX
47 Boots Unit B4, Silverlink Retail Park, West Allotment NE28 9NT
48 Knights Hadrian Pharmacy Unit 2 Hadrian Park Shopping Centre, Wallsend NE28 9UY
49 Boots Nelson Health Centre, North Shields NE29 0DZ
50 Lloyds Pharmacy 18 Albion Road, North Shields NE29 0HT
51 Lloyds Pharmacy Hawkeys Lane Health Centre, North Shields NE29 0SF
52 Boots 46 Bedford Street, North Shields NE29 0SZ
53 Percy Main Pharmacy 16 Station Road NE29 6HN
54 Well 198 Verne Road, North Shields NE29 7DR
55 New York Pharmacy 143 Brookland Terrace NE29 8EA
56 Morrison Pharmacy Unit 2 Collingwood Centre, North Shields NE29 9QR
57 D and C Fenwick Ltd 9 Farringdon Road, North Shields NE30 3ER
58 Boots 17 Percy Park Road, Tynemouth NE30 4LX

Please note: Some but not all of these sites are additionally offering COVID-19 vaccinations.