St John the Baptist is supporting the effort to vaccinate Britain against Covid by opening its church hall to a community pharmacy team.

The team, made up of four pharmacists, will run clinics most Wednesdays and Fridays from 9.30am to 5pm, and will administer first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine and boosters. 

People can walk in to the centre at any time to receive their vaccine, or book a vaccine online if the NHS has invited them to do so.

Louise Lydon, a community pharmacist, owner of Edinburgh Road Pharmacy and Local Pharmaceutical Committee Secretary for Gateshead and South Tyneside, said: “By using the church hall we’re providing additional vaccines for South Tyneside and Jarrow. We’re delighted to be able to do this and we’d like to thank St John the Baptist’s for welcoming us to their church.

“I would urge anyone who is hesitant about getting the vaccine to come in and talk with a pharmacist, who can provide accurate information and answer any questions.

“It’s a lovely atmosphere at the sessions. There is tea and coffee and a definite community atmosphere.”

Dates for October are available below, with future availability and locations available on the CCG website.

Wednesday 20 October: 9.30am-5pm

Friday 22 October: 9.30am-5pm

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