Coronavirus update – 22nd March 2021
Mon 22nd March 2021
In North Tyneside, we have administered 74,000 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. These centres have been running frequently since December and operate alongside the national mass vaccination centres.
We are pleased to announce that 76,765 of our residents have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This means that 45.1% of North Tyneside residents have good protection from coronavirus, but longer lasting protection when the second dose is administered. Currently only residents which are aged 16 and above can receive the COVID-19 vaccine (data as at 18th March 2021, source NHSE Statistical website).
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. MMC Pharmacy is now providing appointments as part of the National Booking Service from Monkseaton Methodist Church. 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 one of the local North Tyneside sites.
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.