More than 1,000 people have been protected against covid-19 at a pop-up vaccination hub in Newcastle.
Health workers from Newcastle Primary Care Network took over part of the Newcastle Eagles Community Arena to administer injections in the lead up to Christmas. The centre is the home of the Newcastle Eagles basketball team.
On December 23 2020, more than 1,000 jabs were given as part of the nationwide rollout of the NHS' vaccination programme.
People living in Newcastle, aged 80 and over were first in line to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech jab in a 12-hour takeover of the basketball arena.
NHS professionals, Newcastle GP Services and Eagles staff were joined by volunteers to make up a team of over 70 people.
Christian Townend, Chief Executive of Newcastle GP Services was part of the team running the vaccination hub. He thanks all NHS staff as well as local volunteers who setup the pop-up centre so quickly, to support the vaccination roll-out.
Sam Blake, Chief Executive Officer of the Eagles Community Foundation said: “We are incredibly proud to have been able to host the vaccination centre and play our part in getting the vaccine to our community.”
The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus who are being contacted with further information.
Do not to contact the NHS to get an appointment or attend a COVID-19 Vaccination Centre until you hear from your GP.
For more information about the Coronavirus vaccines and the vaccination programme, visit the NHS website.