South Tyneside CCG News

Selected South Tyneside pharmacies to give Covid-19 vaccines

Thu 27th May 2021

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Life-saving coronavirus jabs are now being provided at South Tyneside pharmacies.

The borough’s successful vaccine programme, which has already provided more than 152,000 doses of the vaccines locally, is expanding to offer patients the chance to be vaccinated at a local pharmacy.

Initially the vaccine will be available at Jarrow’s Edinburgh Road Pharmacy and Whiteleas Pharmacy in South Shields, with the jab currently being offered to everyone aged 30 and over, as well as people in earlier priority groups.

Julie Topping, owner and pharmacist at Whiteleas Pharmacy, said:

“After being involved with the housebound vaccinations and seeing the response and confidence increase among the public, we were keen to do our bit.

“We are already vaccinating 270+ patients a week – an amazing achievement for a small community pharmacy.

“Regular pharmacy services are still available to the public as the Covid-19 vaccinations have been accommodated for separately, with vaccine appointments extending to out of hours and weekends.

“The response has been amazing – everyone has expressed a huge thanks.

“I am really proud of the pharmacy and the team – we’ll be able to look back after everything is back to normal and say we’ve been a part of this and done our bit.”

Matt Brown, Executive Director of Operations at NHS South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:

“From vaccinators and volunteers to practice and hospital staff working hard to keep normal services operating, so many people have rallied round to help save lives here in South Tyneside.

“Our pharmacists are already a key part of our Covid response, giving vaccines to 2,500 housebound people and house-tied carers – as well as extending opening hours and offering community testing.

“It’s an immense effort and I’d like to thank our pharmacists and the many other staff who are still working so incredibly hard to keep us all safe.”

To be vaccinated at community pharmacy, you must be registered with a GP in the United Kingdom and in an eligible group, which can be found on the NHS website.

When booking your vaccine appointment via the NHS online booking service or 119, patients are offered the option of receiving a vaccine at a large vaccine centre or community pharmacy if there are appointments available. You can also choose to wait to be invited to a local NHS centre.

To find out more about the Covid-19 vaccinations and how to book your appointment, please visit: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19. 

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