Covid-19: vaccinations and other GP-led work

we are no longer running vaccine clinics in Newcastle but you can still get a vaccine in the city

WHO CAN GET A VACCINE? – AS OF 31 May 2022

Everyone aged 5 and over can get a 1st and 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

People aged 16 and over, and some children aged 12 to 15, can also get a booster dose.

People aged 12 and over who had a severely weakened immune system when they had their first 2 doses can get a 3rd primary dose, a 4th dose booster and now a 5th dose booster (Spring booter).

People aged 75 and over and people who live in care homes for older people have also been offered a spring booster.

where can i get a vaccine?

For dates, locations and opening times of all sites in Newcastle providing Covid vaccines – including pharmacies and the Centre for Life please see https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/covidvaccine

how do i arrange a vaccine?

You can either walk-in to a vaccine clinic, or book an appointment. Appointments are open to any patients who are eligible (minimum 91 days since last booster), and these are bookable:

I’ve had Covid, can I still get my vaccine?

If you’ve had a positive COVID-19 test, you need to wait before getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

People aged 18 and over, and children and young people aged 5 to 17 at high risk from COVID-19, need to wait 4 weeks.

Children and young people aged 5 to 17 who are not at high risk from COVID-19 need to wait 12 weeks.

If you or your child have symptoms of COVID-19, but have not had a test, you should wait until your symptoms are better before you get the vaccine.

more information

For more information on Covid vaccines see https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/


our vaccination story

We carried out 277,684 vaccinations in Newcastle at GP-led vaccination sites in the city between 23 December 2020 and 14 May 2022. We have also vaccinated care home residents, the housebound and under-represented communities across the city, such as the homeless, from our vaccination bus.

Dr Brigid Joughin introduces the approach to vaccinations in Newcastle at our GP-led sites

This work could not have been achieved without the support of staff from GP practices, pharmacists, retired healthcare workers, and volunteers from across the region.

Where we have vaccinated in Newcastle

We have vaccinated from more than 100 vaccine locations across the city since our first day vaccinating on 23 December 2020. 277,684 vaccines have been given including at 65 care homes in Newcastle, at Newcastle United’s stadium, at mosques and Hindu temples, and from leisure centres, libraries and homeless shelters. Our vaccine bus has travelled more than 600 miles to over 180 sessions to make sure everyone in the city has access to a vaccine. Our busiest day was 20 March 2021 when we vaccinated 2773 people at Vertu Motors Arena, home of Newcastle Eagles basketball team. We’ve also vaccinated many of the Newcastle United football team!

Map of vaccine site locations across Newcastle upon Tyne
Map of the city of Newcastle showing our vaccine sites

our other work during the pandemic

Our aim during the Covid-19 pandemic has been to keep all patients safe and support our practices to continue to provide excellent care. Our priority was the set-up and management of specific Covid-19 services, via a single citywide primary-care workforce. This enabled practices to maintain ‘clean’ core GP services when needed.

To do this, we worked in collaboration and partnership with the Clinical Directors of each Newcastle Primary Care Network and a number of organisations. These included Newcastle/Gateshead CCG, Newcastle Hospitals (NuTH), VOCARE and Newcastle City Council.

With their help we:

  • Supported the set up of vaccinations sites in the city
  • Set up a vaccination bus to help us visit those people who may find it more difficult to get to our vaccination sites
  • Supported a vaccination research project with Newcastle Hospitals
  • Set up ‘hot services’ for patients with suspected Covid-19
  • Established a visiting service for patient homes and care homes
  • Launched an online rota system for GP sessions
  • Provided support through our social prescribing team to patients who are shielding
  • Sourced and delivered PPE
  • Set up a pilot SATS probe delivery service for patients

hot services – Visiting service and hot site

The visiting service was set up to allow patients in their homes or care homes, with confirmed or suspected Covid-19, to be visited by a GP.  The care home visits were also supported by NuTH’s specialist care home nursing team, and a team of drivers from Newcastle City Council helped during the first few months of the pandemic.

We put together the standard operating procedure and ensured the right team were in place, procured the necessary equipment and managed the rota.

Three hot sites were also initially set up, with the first opening in the first week of April. This was reduced to one – at Elswick Family Practice – as the demand reduced. This hot site closed on 19 February 2021, re-opening in July 2021 for a few months to cope with a surge in cases.

To support both the hot sites and the visiting service, we helped set-up a telephone triage service that went live very early in the pandemic, in March 2020. This was staffed by a GP, who responded to calls redirected from NHS 111 and other partners.

A home visiting service is still provided by a GP who carries out home and care home visits, with appointments booked through GP practices.

New technology in GP practices

Patients have been able to access phone, email, and video consultations at almost all practices during the pandemic. Healthcare staff – both GPs and nurses – have been able to assess patients before either seeing them face to face or referring them for further treatment.

We worked with a third-party provider to set up an online system for GPs to book on to the rota for our hot site and visiting service. The online tool (Lantum) allows GPs to search and apply for sessions online, submit invoices, and set up alerts so they can be informed of future available sessions.

Our social prescribing team – supporting shielded patients

Our social prescribing navigators and link workers continued to provide a referral service in addition to supporting the Covid-19 effort.

They made more than 3,500 calls in the first three months of the pandemic, speaking to both existing patients referred to the service and shielded patients who were at high-risk and self-isolating.

The team supported referred patients on a range of subjects including universal credit, benefits, mental health and wellbeing, employment, debt and food deliveries.

For those shielded patients who needed additional support the team have logged them on the national volunteer system where they were matched with volunteers who could help.

Other activity

Members of the NGPS team ensured that GP practices, and the hot site and visiting service, had the necessary PPE. We coordinated with national and regional suppliers and sourced equipment – including face visors and scrubs – from local volunteers.

Our social prescribing service also worked with one GP practice to support patients who required SATS monitoring. The team, with medical student volunteers, delivered SATS probes to patients in the community. These patients carried out their own monitoring and reported the data to their GPs on a telephone or video consultation.