1st March 2021
In North Tyneside, we have administered over 50,000 COVID-19 vaccines to date in our GP-led Local Vaccination Services. These sites are delivered by our four Primary Care Networks: North West, North Shields, Wallsend and Whitley Bay.
So far, across the country, people aged 64 and over have been 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-19 vaccination after fresh evidence showed that patients with learning disabilities 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 sites. 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-19 vaccine and can no longer attend, then please cancel as early as possible. If you are booked into a North Tyneside Local Vaccination Service 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.
Here is a video showing a local North Tyneside Chinese couple going for their COVID-19 vaccine and discussing why they wanted to get the vaccine and what it means to them in Chinese.