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Minibus Boost for South Tyneside Vaccine Effort

South Tyneside's Covid-19 effort is hitting the road again, with vaccine teams from the region's Nightingale Hospital visiting South Shields and Jarrow next week.

A vaccine minibus will be offering first, second and booster Pfizer jabs at the junction of King Street and Mile End Road in South Shields (NE33 1TA) on Monday 10 January, and Chapel Road in Jarrow (NE32 3LX) on Tuesday 11 January, both from 10am to 3pm.

Community Covid-19 champions will also be on hand to spread the word and answer any questions from patients on the day.

Dr Matthew Walmsley, a local GP and Chair of NHS South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "We know it can be difficult for some people to get away from busy lives to get their jab, so we want to bring the vaccine to the people as much as we can.

"We've had a fantastic turnout in the past, so the team are looking forward to a couple of busy days helping people get protected.

"Case rates are still high, and the vaccine is the best protection you can get against the Omicron variant.

"If you can't make it on one of these days, there are plenty of other options - just visit www.getyourjab.uk for details of drop-in clinics or you can book an appointment at www.nhs.uk or by calling 119."

People aged 18 and over are eligible for the Covid-19 booster jab three months (91 days) after their second dose.

A range of other drop-in clinics are taking place throughout the week at Flagg Court in South Shields, St John the Baptist Church in Jarrow, and the Glen Health Centre in Hebburn, with full details available at www.getyourjab.uk.

Councillor Anne Hetherington, South Tyneside Council's Lead Member for Independence and Wellbeing, said: "With Covid cases at an all time high, it is absolutely critical that people get all their vaccinations to protect themselves and those around them.

"With a vaccine bus coming directly into our communities, it couldn't be easier to grab a jab. It will only take a few minutes and it could protect you and others from serious illness."

 

 

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