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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Vaccine

Contents 

  1. Overview
  2. Restrictions
  3. Testing
  4. Vaccine
  5. News and messages from the Council
  6. Council services
  7. Support for people
  8. Businesses
  9. Schools
  10. Volunteering - how you can help
  11. Public transport updates from Nexus

Vaccine

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.

For information, visit NHS: Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.

For information about the vaccine in South Tyneside, visit South Tyneside CCG: COVID-19 vaccinations

Public transport to vaccine centres

Concessionary Travel pass holders can travel free on public transport before 9.30am when showing proof of a vaccination appointment (letter, email or text). 

See Nexus: Free concessionary travel to vaccination centres.

Individuals who have been invited to attend the NHS Nightingale Hospital can access new shuttle services:

  • The Connector Shuttle will run up to every 15 minutes, connecting with Go North East's 56 service at Concord, offering frequent connections from Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland.
  • From Thursday 28 January, the Metro Shuttle will provide a frequent service to the NHS Nightingale Hospital from Heworth interchange, connecting with the Metro and many other bus services.

Travel on the shuttle bus services is free by showing proof of your vaccination appointment (letter, email or text).

See Nexus: Getting to your vaccination centre by public transport.

Beware of scams

Criminals are using the COVID-19 vaccine as a way to target the public by tricking them to hand over cash or financial details.

The vaccine is free, and only available on the NHS.

The NHS will:

  • NEVER ask for payment - the vaccine is free
  • NEVER ask for your bank details
  • NEVER arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
  • NEVER ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport

Scams and staying safe: Vaccine fraud

Housebound patients

Housebound patients will get a phone call to notify them three or four days before their jab.

The pharmacists will arrive wearing NHS ID and will be happy to help if you have questions.

See South Tyneside CCG: Pharmacists set to vaccinate housebound people in South Tyneside

Frontline health and social care employees

South Tyneside Council is supporting with the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine for people who work in South Tyneside, in some frontline health and social care roles. 

See COVID-19 vaccine for frontline health and social care employees.

 

 

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