Walk-in vaccine clinic ahead of Saturday’s game

Walk-in vaccine clinic ahead of Saturday’s game

A mobile vaccine team is to visit 1st Cloud Arena ahead of Saturday’s game against Radcliffe, offering first, second and booster doses to anyone aged 12 or over.

The Pfizer vaccine will be available from a minibus next to turnstiles one and two between 10am and 3pm, with no appointment necessary.

It comes as the UK continued to record a large daily number of COVID-19 infections, with health chiefs urging people to get jabbed to protect themselves and others.

Those aged 18 and over are eligible for the Covid-19 booster jab three months – 91 days – after their second dose.

South Shields FC Foundation Manager and Covid Community Champion Steve Camm said: “The Foundation is committed to providing information and access to services that support health and well-being.

“We are really looking forward to hosting a mobile vaccine clinic ahead of kick-off on Saturday at 1st Cloud Arena. We hope it is something people will choose to participate in to help protect themselves and others.

“We’d like to see as many people as possible choosing to take up this opportunity to get their jab ahead of Saturday’s game.”

Community COVID-19 champions will be on hand to spread the word and answer any questions from patients on the day.

Local GP Dr John Lloyd is part of the team leading the borough’s vaccine effort. Dr Lloyd said: “This is all about bringing the vaccine into the community to make it as easy as possible to protect yourself from the virus.

“It’s handy for fans before the game and people working on the industrial estate, and it’s a short walk from Bede Metro station if you’re coming from another area.

“Here’s to keeping safe from COVID and a home win for the Mariners!”

A range of other drop-in clinics are taking place throughout the week at Flagg Court in South Shields, St John the Baptist Church in Jarrow, the Glen Health Centre in Hebburn, and other local venues. Full details are available at www.getyourjab.uk.

Councillor Anne Hetherington, South Tyneside Council’s Lead Member for Independence and Well-being, said: “If you’re off to the match on Saturday, it makes perfect sense to take advantage of this opportunity.

“Case rates are very high in the borough at the moment, so I’d encourage anyone who hasn’t yet had their vaccine to come along to the walk-in clinic and do the right thing for themselves and their community.”

If you have any questions about your vaccine, contact the National Booking Service, call 119 or the local vaccine contact centre on 0191 283 1925.