This week seven large scale vaccination sites around England have opened, including the Centre for Life in Newcastle.
The sites have been set up to get large numbers of people to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The locations have been picked to give a good geographical spread across the country.
The vaccination programme at these sites will run alongside the city-wide programme in Newcastle. They will use the same priority groups – based on age and health conditions. The aim is to quickly vaccinate large numbers of people most at risk of catching COVID-19.
Letters have been sent to people aged over 80 who live within a 45-minute drive of one of the mass sites.
Risk of serious illness increases with age, so protecting older people first will save thousands of lives.
To avoid duplication, letters were only sent to those who have not been vaccinated. However, if there is overlap and you have been vaccinated while your letter was being delivered, you don’t need to book another appointment.
Here’s what to do if…
You HAVE received a letter and:
- You haven’t yet been vaccinated or have an appointment booked – follow the instructions in the letter and book your appointment at www.NHS.uk/covid-vaccination or by calling 119.
- You haven’t been vaccinated but transport to the mass site would be a problem – you can choose to wait until the local programme contacts you.
- You have already been vaccinated (first or second dose) – ignore the letter.
- You have already booked your vaccination through the local GP-led programme – ignore the letter.
You HAVE NOT received a letter and:
- You have already had the first or second dose of the vaccine – you can ignore the letter
- You haven’t been contacted by anyone about the COVID-19 vaccine – please wait. The local and mass vaccination programmes are working through the same priority groups. You will be contacted when you can get vaccinated. Please wait and do not contact your GP or the NHS about the vaccine unless you’re specifically asked to.