North Tyneside CCG News

Coronavirus update – 15th March

Tue 16th March 2021

In North Tyneside, we have administered 63,000 covid vaccines to date in our GP led local vaccination centres. These Centres are delivered by our four Primary Care Networks: North West, North Shields, Wallsend and Whitley Bay.

The national vaccination programme is now inviting everyone in cohort 1 – 9 via letter. Within the invite letters it explains how to use the national booking service https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/

The national booking service will offer mass vaccination sites only, which are Centre for Life in Newcastle or the Nightingale Hospital in Washington for example. If you want to go to a local GP led service in North Tyneside, you will not see these options if you are trying to book via the mass vaccination booking service. You will need to wait for an invite from your local GP if you want to be vaccinated in North Tyneside.

If you have been invited to book your COVID-19 vaccine but cannot book an appointment due to lack of available slots, please keep checking back regularly. The vaccine sites are offering more slots as vaccine deliveries are confirmed.

If you need to change your COVID-19 vaccine appointment because you are ill or tested positive for COVID, please rebook by referring to your confirmation email or text which includes instructions/a link to rebook.

Healthwatch would like to hear about people’s experience of getting the COVID-19 vaccine in North Tyneside. If you could like to leave their feedback please go to the online form https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CovidJabNT or contact Healthwatch on 0191 263 5321 if you would prefer to speak to someone.

 

 

1st March 2021

In North Tyneside, we have administered 50,000 covid vaccines to date in our GP led local vaccination centres. These Centres are delivered by our four Primary Care Networks: North West, North Shields, Wallsend and Whitley Bay.

So far people aged 64 and over were invited to have the COVID-19 vaccine and 1.9 million letters have started arriving at the homes of those aged 60 to 63 today explaining how they can arrange a vaccination through the national booking service. Those most at risk are being vaccinated first in line with guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and immunisation. The latest batch of invites arriving from today will mean everyone in the first seven priority groups will have been offered a jab.

 

Adults with a learning disability

North Tyneside CCG are prioritising all adult patients with learning disabilities for COVID vaccination after fresh evidence showed that disabled patients were at much higher risk from the disease.

GPs from all four Primary Care Networks (PCNs) agreed that they would include all adults on the Learning Disability Register in Priority Group 6. All sites have been working with community partners such as Learning Disability North East, to provide accessible clinics and environments for residents and their carers who might find the experience of vaccination stressful or challenging because of a learning disability or underlying health condition.

Our teams of NHS staff and volunteers will always do their utmost to try and accommodate different individual needs at all of our local GP-led vaccination services. All of our sites are accessible and have clinical support on hand for those in our communities, and their carers, that may need any extra help on the day.

If you have booked an appointment to receive your COVID vaccine and can no longer attend, then please cancel as early as possible. If you are booked into a local North Tyneside vaccination centre you will have an email confirmation, which will allow you to rearrange if needs be. If that is not possible, you can ring your GP Practice to cancel and rearrange. By providing early notice of cancellation, this helps us to manage the number of vaccines better to ensure we can offer it to other residents and appointment slots are not wasted.

 

Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups

A group of celebrities have released a video addressing vaccine misinformation in BAME communities. The group, including actors Adil Ray and Meera Syal, as well as cricketeer Moeen Ali and presenter Konnie Huq, appealed to black, Asian and ethnic minority communities in the UK to help address hesitancy around the Covid-19 vaccine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2Ald__AhbI

A local North Tyneside Chinese couple go for their COVID-19 vaccine and discuss why they wanted to get the vaccine and what it means to them in Chinese.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQM7_5P-1EA

 

Carers

In recognition of the vital contribution carers have made throughout this pandemic, unpaid carers have been included in Priority Group 6 of the Covid-19 vaccination roll out programme.

If you are aged 16 – 64 years and want to be included as a priority for the vaccination, you must register with North Tyneside Carers’ Centre at www.northtynesidecarers.org.uk or by telephoning 0191 643 2298 between 10am – 4pm, Monday to Friday.   Or you can complete the online referral form:-

https://www.northtynesidecarers.org.uk/adult-carers/covid-19-carer-vaccination-referral-form/

If you are already registered with the Carers’ Centre, you do not need to contact them. You will automatically receive an invite to book your vaccination when it is your turn.

 

22nd February 2021

In North Tyneside, we have administered 47,000 covid vaccines to date in our GP led local vaccination centres. These Centres are delivered by our four Primary Care Networks: North West, North Shields, Wallsend and Whitley Bay.

Our local GP-led vaccination sites across North Tyneside are currently focusing on the clinically vulnerable from JCVI cohort 6. This is because of the relationship between general practice and those with long term conditions and continuity of care. GPs are working together with secondary care colleagues in hospitals, across social care and the local authority, as well as with voluntary and community services in North Tyneside to ensure that all people in priority group 6 are contacted and invited for the vaccine in the coming weeks.

The national COVID-19 vaccination programme are focusing on residents aged 65 and above. They are sending letters inviting those eligible to book onto the national system which includes locations such as Centre for Life in Newcastle and the Nightingale hospital in Washington. If you would prefer to have your vaccination locally within North Tyneside, then please wait to be contacted by your GP. You will not be penalised if you do not act upon the national booking letter and prefer to wait for a local GP-led vaccination service.

 

15th February 2021

In North Tyneside, we have administered 45,000 covid vaccines to date in our GP led local vaccination centres. This is a huge milestone in our vaccination programme.

We are now beginning to vaccinate people aged 65 – 69 and those which who are clinically vulnerable against COVID.

If you have been invited to book your covid vaccine by the national booking service, then you will be offered appointments at the mass vaccination sites, which includes the Centre for Life in Newcastle. If you would prefer to have your vaccination locally within North Tyneside, then please wait to be contacted by your local GP. You will not be penalised if you do not act upon the national booking letter. The North Tyneside GP led vaccination centres are in North Shields, Wallsend and Longbenton.

If you have booked an appointment to receive your COVID vaccine and can no longer attend, then please cancel as early as possible. If you are booked into a local North Tyneside vaccination centre you will have an email confirmation, which will allow you to rearrange if needs be. If that is not possible, you can ring your GP Practice to cancel and rearrange. By providing early notice of cancellation, this helps us to manage the number of vaccines better to ensure we can offer it to other residents and appointment slots are not wasted.

 

 

8th February 2021

The CCG has administered 36,000 COVID vaccine doses through our local vaccination services to date. The majority of older adult care home residents have received their first dose of the vaccine. Patients who have recently been placed at a care home or recently ill will receive the vaccine as part of a weekly ‘mop up’ session as residents become suitable for the vaccine to ensure we are capturing all residents. Large numbers of care home workers have also received the vaccine.

We have completed Priority 2 – residents over 80 years of age within North Tyneside and are nearly completed Priority 3 – residents over 75 years of age. Work on vaccinating Priority 4 – residents aged 70 and above and extremely clinically vulnerable individuals are progressing well.

If you are aged 70 and above or an extremely clinical vulnerable individual and have not got a date for your vaccine yet and would like to receive the vaccine, please contact your Practice and let them know that you would like to book in to receive the COVID vaccine. Only contact you practice if you are in Priority 1 – 4.

 

4th February 2021

The CCG has administered 30,000 COVID vaccines since the first vaccination centre opened on the 15th December 2020. We are making good progress working through the priority groups 3 and 4.

We are currently arranging COVID 19 vaccinations for residents aged 70 and over and residents who have received a shielding letter during the pandemic. We will be offering vaccinations to these two groups of people over the next few weeks. If you receive an invitation letter for your vaccine from the national mass vaccination programme, you are welcome to book onto this. But if you would prefer to receive your vaccine at a local North Tyneside vaccination centre, which are in the North West, Wallsend and North Shields, then please wait to be called by your local service. You will be contacted, do not worry. In the meantime, please do not contact your practice asking when you will receive the vaccine as this prevents other urgent calls getting through. If you have a general enquiry, you can submit an e-Consult form via the practice website.

1st Feb 2021

The majority of housebound residents aged 70 and over have received their first dose of the COVID vaccine across all primary care networks. Vaccination of the aged 70 and above Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (shielding) is progressing well at our local vaccination services.

If you are 80 or over and have not been vaccinated yet and do not have a date for your vaccine, but want to receive a vaccine, then please contact your practice and let them know you want to be booked in for a vaccine.

 

25th January 2021

20,000 COVID vaccines administered within North Tyneside local vaccination services so far. David Pritchard, retired Head Teacher from Whitley Bay received the 20,000 vaccine. In addition to older adults care home residents and staff (priority group 1), the majority of the aged 80 and above mobile population have been vaccinated (priority group 2). We are now moving onto vaccinating priority groups 3 and 4, whilst continuing to complete priority group 2.

The mass vaccination centre at the Nightingale Hospital opened on the 25th January.

 

January

Residents and staff in all 31 older adults care homes in North Tyneside have received the first doses of the COVID vaccine between 30th December 2020 and 14th January 2021. This was undertaken by GP practices, TyneHealth, District Nurses, and North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group nursing and administrative staff.

The first mass vaccination centre for the North East opened at the Centre for Life on 11th January 2021. The mass vaccination centre is sending out invites to North Tyneside residents to invite them to book in for a vaccination. If you would prefer to be vaccinated at one of the North Tyneside local vaccination services, then you can wait for your practice to contact you. You will not be penalised if you do not take up the Centre for Life offer. You can choose the local service and not have to travel as far.

Background

December 2020

North Tyneside has three local vaccination services. These are based in the North West, North Shields and Wallsend areas. All three were fully operational in December 2020. The first local vaccination service was operational on Tuesday 15th December and administered the first vaccine to Anne Elliot from Marden.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advises UK health departments on immunisation. The agreed priority groups for the COVID vaccine are:-

  1. residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
  2. all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
  3. all those 75 years of age and over
  4. all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  5. all those 65 years of age and over
  6. all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
  7. all those 60 years of age and over
  8. all those 55 years of age and over
  9. all those 50 years of age and over