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Vaccine Team Targets Home Win at South Shields FC Clinic

The Nightingale's Covid vaccine team will be on the ball this weekend, hosting a walk-in vaccine clinic at South Shields Football Club before the home game on Saturday 15 January.

The clinic will be offering first, second and booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine for anyone aged 12 or over from a minibus next to turnstiles 1-2 on the corner of the 1st Cloud Arena stadium on Saturday - kicking off at 10am and running till 3pm.

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

South Shields FC play host to Radcliffe Borough at 3pm in their quest for promotion from the Northern Premier League - and The Mariners are hoping for two big wins on Saturday afternoon, helping to protect fans and local residents against the Covid-19 virus.

Local GP Dr John Lloyd is part of the team leading the borough's vaccine effort. Dr Lloyd said: "This is all about bringing the vaccine into the community to make it as easy as possible to protect yourself from the virus.

"It's handy for fans before the game and people working on the industrial estate, and it's a short walk from Bede Metro station if you're coming from another area. Here's to keeping safe from Covid and a home win for the Mariners!"

Steve Camm, South Shields FC Foundation Manager and Covid Community Champion said: "The Foundation is committed to providing information and access to services that support health and wellbeing. So, we are really looking forward to hosting a mobile vaccine clinic ahead of kick off this Saturday [15 January] at 1st Cloud Arena. We hope it is something people will choose to participate in to help protect themselves and others.

"We'd like to see as many people as possible choosing to take up this opportunity to get their jab ahead of Saturday's game."

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, the Glen Health Centre in Hebburn, and other local venues. Full details are available at www.getyourjab.uk.

Councillor Anne Hetherington, South Tyneside Council's Lead Member for Independence and Wellbeing,  said:" If you're off to the match on Saturday, it makes perfect sense to take advantage of this opportunity.

"Case rates are very high in the Borough at the moment, so I'd encourage anyone who hasn't yet had their vaccine to come along to the walk-in clinic and do the right thing for themselves and their community."

If you have any questions about your vaccine, please contact the National Booking Service, call 119 or the local vaccine contact centre on 0191 283 1925.

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