COVID-19 is an illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus. Because this is a new illness it has been able to spread quickly, which is why the Government and the NHS have taken significant steps to combat it.
As patients and citizens, it is vital that we all follow the advice and do our bit to help minimise the spread of the illness.
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Many restrictions have been lifted on Monday 19th July. Remember, in NHS settings, all patients and staff will continue to be required to wear a mask or face covering.
Everyone over 18 can get a covid-19 vaccination, with appointments, drop-ins and pop-ups available all over the city. Find the latest vaccine timetable and locations here.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service if you have any of:
- high temperature
- new, continuous cough
- loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
111 will tell you what to do and help you get a test if you need one.
Links and Resources
- Coronavirus overview
- Coronavirus updates in sign language
- Multi-language Coronavirus videos
- Check if you have Coronavirus symptoms
- Get an isolation note for your employer
- Our Practice briefing
- How to talk to kids about Coronavirus
- Jesmond Lower Gosforth Primary Care Network
COVID-19 Vaccination FAQ
To do this, patients will need to book a second appointment via the national booking system at this link.
If you are unable to book through the system, please email Newcastle GP Services (NGPS), who are coordinating vaccinations across the city, at firstname.lastname@example.org including your name, date of birth, contact number, date of first vaccine, original second dose booking appointment and type of first vaccine.
You will need to enter your details, including your NHS number and date of your first vaccination, then choose your preferred location and date.
Both The Centre for Life in Newcastle City Centre and Newcastle Eagles Basketball arena on Scotswood Road will be there as options if appointment slots are available. We have details on both venues in our vaccine FAQS. You can also choose an alternate venue if you prefer.
If you do reschedule your second dose, we ask that patients please let us know so we can cancel the original bookings and make the space available for someone else. You can tell us you’ve rearranged your second dose by sending us a request through Salvie.
Please note that bringing your second vaccination date forward is optional, and existing second dates will not be rescheduled automatically. If you decide not to rebook your second dose, please attend your second booking as originally arranged.
- all those 75 years of age and over
- all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
- all those 65 years of age and over
- all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
- all those 60 years of age and over
- all those 55 years of age and over
- all those 50 years of age and over
- NEVER ask for payment - the vaccine is free
- NEVER ask for your bank details
- NEVER arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
- NEVER ask you to prove your identity
- a sore arm where the needle went in
- feeling tired
- a headache
- feeling achy
The UK Chief Medical Officers have agreed a longer timeframe between first and second doses so that more people can get their first dose quickly, and because the evidence shows that one dose still offers a high level of protection. This decision will allow us to get the maximum benefit for the most people in the shortest possible time and will help save lives.
The latest evidence suggests the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine provides protection for most people for up to three months.
Getting both doses remains important so we would urge people to return for it at the right time which will be between 10 and 12 weeks from the first dose.
- You haven’t yet been vaccinated or have an appointment booked – follow the instructions in the letter and book your appointment at 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 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.