How to get your Covid-19 Vaccination in Newcastle

How to get your Covid-19 Vaccination in Newcastle

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are safe and effective. They give you the best protection against COVID-19.

View our vaccination information summary leaflet  for more information.

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How can I get vaccinated?

Vaccines are available via a number of routes, including pre-booked appointments and drop-in sessions. 

It also must have been at least eight weeks since you had your first vaccine - This is to ensure your vaccinations are as effective as they can be. To be eligible for a Booster vaccine it must have been at least three months since your second dose. 

Your details will be checked when you arrive at the clinic and if you do not meet this criteria you will be turned away. 

Please note, the vaccine available on site (Pfizer or Moderna) is subject to change at short notice. If you have concerns or questions, please discuss with one of the on-site clinicians.

Children aged 5 to 11 years old 

All children aged 5 to 11 years can now receive two doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

This is a non-urgent offer, following the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) review of evidence.

Children aged 5-11 will be offered two 10 mcg doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least 12 weeks apart.

Parents and carers can, if they want, take up the offer to increase protection against potential future waves of COVID-19, as we learn to live with this virus. 

This follows the rollout of the vaccine to children aged 5-11 who are in a clinical risk group, or who are a household contact of someone who is immunosuppressed, on JCVI advice.

Families of these groups of children have received invitations via their GP or NHS specialist to attend for their vaccines.

Parents and carers can now book via the National Booking Service online or by calling 119. Appointments are available to book at the Centre for Life and will soon be offered at other community venues.

Autumn vaccination programme

The COVID-19 autumn booster programme aims to increase immunity in those at higher risk of severe COVID-19 during winter 2022 to 2023.

COVID-19 is more serious in older people and in people with certain underlying health conditions.

This winter it is expected that many respiratory infections, including COVID-19 and flu may be circulating at high levels – this may put those who are vulnerable at higher risk, increasing pressure on hospitals and other health care services.

People aged 50 years and older, residents in care homes for older people, those aged 5 years and over in a clinical risk group, those aged 5 and over who are household contacts of people with immunosuppression, health and social care staff and those 16 and over who are carers will be offered a booster of COVID-19 vaccine this autumn.

You should be offered an appointment between September and December, with those at highest risk being called in first. You should have your booster at least 3 months after your last dose of vaccine.

Both the previous and the combination vaccines boost protection very well.   Please accept the vaccination that is offered to you as soon as you can – it is important to have your booster and build up your protection against severe illness before the winter.

Appointments are currently available on the National Booking Service for people aged 50 years old and over, frontline health and social care workers, and people with a severely weakened immune system.

The appointment dates you'll be offered will start from 3 months (91 days) after your previous dose.

If you are eligible for a flu vaccine, you may be able to have them at the same time – if not please go ahead anyway, you can catch up with the other vaccine later.

Can you still catch COVID-19 after having the vaccine?

The COVID-19 booster will reduce the chance of you becoming severely unwell from COVID-19 this winter. It may take a few days for your body to build up some extra protection from the booster.

Like all medicines, no vaccine is completely effective – some people may still get COVID-19 despite having a vaccination, but any infection should be less severe.

If you have not had all your vaccinations

If you have not yet had either of your first 2 doses of the vaccine (or a third dose for those with a weakened immune system) you should have them as soon as possible.

If you are eligible for the autumn booster but think you have missed a previous booster you should still go ahead – you will not need another dose.

If you have a COVID-19 positive result, when can you have your autumn booster?

If you are unwell, wait until you have recovered to have your vaccine. If you have had confirmed COVID-19 you should ideally wait 4 weeks before having your autumn booster. You should not attend a vaccine appointment if you are self-isolating or waiting for a COVID-19 test.

 

Clinics this week

Saturday 29 November

Location Vaccine Dose Age Appointment required? Time

Douglas Pharmacy, Gosforth

Pfizer All   No 9am - 3pm

 

Monday 28 November

Location Vaccine Dose Age Appointment required? Time

St Martin's Centre, Byker

Pfizer Booster 65+ No 9am - 5pm

 

Tuesday 29 November

Location Vaccine Dose Age Appointment required? Time

Haymarket Metro station

Pfizer Booster 65+ No 10am - 6pm

 

Sunday 4 December

Location Vaccine Dose Age Appointment required? Time

Haymarket Metro station

Pfizer Booster 65+ No 10am - 6pm


Other places to get vaccinated

Community Pharmacies

Pharmacies across Newcastle are now offering vaccinations, making it even easier to pop along and get your jab.

All pharmacy appointments can be booked through the National Booking System or by calling 119.

Pharmacies are listed below (More are being added all the time)

  • Quayside Pharmacy, Quayside
  • Ponteland Road Pharmacy, Cowgate
  • Shieldfield Pharmacy
  • Church of Ascension, Creighton Avenue  
  • Douglas Pharmacy, Gosforth
  • Farah Chemist, Benwell
  • Meadows Pharmacy, Fawdon
  • Middle Warren Pharmacy, West Denton Community Centre
  • Molineux Pharmacy
  • Well Gosforth, High Street Gosforth
  • Well Kenton, Arlington Avenue, Montague Estate
  • Coach Lane, Northumbria University Campus
  • Walkergate Pharmacy, Benfield Road
  • St Anthony’s Pharmacy, St Anthony’s Road
  • Asda Pharmacy, Hollywood Avenue, Gosforth (opening clinics soon)
  • Chambers Chemist, Scotswood (opening clinics soon)
  • Knights Heaton Road Pharmacy (opening clinics soon)
  • Knights Shields Road, Byker (opening clinics soon)
  • Superdrug, Northumberland Street (opening clinics soon)

Large vaccination sites

All large vaccination site appointments can be booked through the National Booking System or by calling 119.

 

Vaccine safety

The vaccine is our best route out of the pandemic and is already protecting millions of people across the country. All vaccines have to go through several stages of clinical trials before they can be approved for use.

You can find out more on the NHS website.

Whenever you book an appointment you will be given the most suitable vaccine for your age and medical history.

Serious side effects are extremely rare.

The council's Every Question Matters campaign can answer any of your vaccine questions or concerns.

There are three vaccines approved for use in the UK - Moderna, Astra Zeneca, and Pfizer. Which vaccine you receive will depend on a number of factors, including supply. Newcastle clinics have been supplied with increasing amounts of Moderna, find out more about this vaccine.

Advice for people having vaccination with Moderna or Pfizer 
Reactions are very rare, anaphylaxis is seen in 5:1 000 000 vaccines given. 15 minute wait is not necessary for all people vaccinated. 
Advice for all vaccinated- do not drive for at least 15 minutes following vaccine and do not drive if feeling unwell after vaccine. If you develop difficulty in breathing or noisy breathing, fainting episode, clammy skin, voice change, persistent cough or difficulty swallowing should be advised to phone 999. If develop itchy rash, light headedness or dizziness or lip tingling call 111. If they feel faint sit or lie down, fainting is relatively common and if no other symptoms and feeling well once sat/lying down for a few minutes then there is no need to call for help.

Exclusions
People should not have vaccine if they had an immediate anaphylactic reaction to previous COVID vaccination/PEG anaphylaxis and this has not been investigated or vaccine given in hospital under observation.
Some people should have a 15 minute wait minimum (up to 30 mins depending on timing and severity of previous reactions).
•    Previous history of anaphylaxis to other medications (15mins)
•    Previous immediate rash/reaction to COVID-19 vaccination (15 mins, 30 mins if delayed reaction)

Frequently asked questions

Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and your community. 

Further information about the vaccination programme can be found below, in a number of different languages.

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