Covid vaccination bus in Newcastle. (Pic: Shutterstock)
More than 75% of all UK adults have received both Covid jabs, according to the government.
Vaccines have long been championed as the way for normal life to resume amid nearly 16 months of restrictions brought on by the Covid pandemic.
It is important to remember to get the same type of Covid vaccine when it comes to the second jab as you had for the first - ie Pfizer both times or AstraZeneca both times.
While there must also be at least an eight week gap between first and second doses of the Covid vaccin to ensure optimum effectiveness in the fight against Covid.
Here’s where you can get your first or second Covid vaccination in Newcastle without having to book an appointment.
Vertu Motors Arena
Formerly known as the Newcastle Eagles Community Arena, the Vertu Motors Arena in Elswick has regular drop-in sessions.
It stocks both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca Covid vaccines, offers first and second jabs for all over 16s and is open to walk-ins.
- Wednesday 11 August - 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm
- Thursday 12 August - 12noon to 4pm
The vaccine bus is supported by Newcastle GP Services and travels all over the city to provide Covid vaccines to areas of low vaccine uptake or in need of second doses.
Drop-in sessions are treated on a first come first served basis, with ID required for proof of age, while some sessions might be invite-only appointments confirmed by text messages.
- Thursday 12 August - Newcastle University Students Union, NE1 8QB - Pfizer only - 10am-3.30pm - Monument
- Thursday 12 August - Heaton - St Teresa’s, NE6 5HP - Pfizer only - 4.30pm-7pm - Heaton
- Friday 13 August - Sports Centre, West Road, NE4 9LG - Pfizer only - 10am-5pm - West Fenham
- Sunday 15 August - St James’ Park - Newcastle United Home Game - Pfizer only - 11am-4.30pm - City Centre
- Every Monday (26 July to 30 August) - West Road (outside National Tyres), NE4 9PY - Pfizer only - 9am-1pm - Wingrove; Park Road, NE4 7DX (near Cruddas Park multis) - 2pm-8pm - Monument
- Every Tuesday (27 July to 31 August) - Swans Recreation Ground, Stotts Road, NE6 4UP (car park) - Pfizer only - 9am-1pm - Walkergate; Welbeck Road/St Anthony’s Road junction Roundabout - 2pm-8pm - Walker
- Every Wednesday (28 July - 25 August) - St James Park, NE1 4ST - Pfizer only - 9am-3pm - Monument; Outside City Hall, NE1 8SF - 4pm-8pm - Monument
- Every Thursday (29 July - 26 August) - Warwick Street NE6 5AQ - layby TBC - Pfizer only - 10am-1pm - Ouseburn; Stanhope Street NE4 6BH, car park opposite St James Fish Bar - 2pm-8pm - Arthurs Hill
- Every Friday (30 July - 27 August) - Chillingham Road Shopping area, Heaton, NE6 5LN - Pfizer only - 10am-5pm - Heaton; Osborne Road (near Osbornes Bar) Jesmond, NE2 2TD (taxi rank area) - 6pm-9pm - North Jesmond
- Every Saturday (31 July - 28 August) - Heaton Park car park, NE6 5JS - Pfizer only - 9am-1pm - Heaton; Millennium Bridge, alongside the Pitcher and Piano (turning circle) - 2pm-6pm - Monument
- Every Sunday (1 August - 29 August) - Morrison’s Supermarket, Byker - Pfizer only - 10am-1pm - Byker; Outside West Jesmond Metro Station (opposite the Lonsdale Hotel), NE2 3HQ - 2pm-8pm - North Jesmond
Grab a Covid jab at one of the drop in clinics, with more dates added when confirmed.
- Wednesday 11 August - Old Eldon Square, NE1 7UG - Pfizer only - 1st and 2nd - 9am-7.15pm
- Sunday 15 August - Quayside Market, NE1 2BJ - Pfizer only - 1st and 2nd - 9am-3.30pm
Centre for Life
The large vaccine centre on the site of the Life Science Centre is offering walk-in service, with no appointment required for all over 18s. This will run daily from 9am-6pm.
Pfizer 1st and 2nd and AstraZeneca 2nd doses available. The second dose must be at least 8 weeks after your first.
To make it even easier to get a Covid jab, pharmacies across Newcastle are offering vaccinations. All pharmacy appointments can be booked through the National Booking System or by calling 119.
Participating pharmacies include:
- Boots Pharmacy, Newcastle City Centre
- Superdrug Pharmacy, Newcastle City Centre
- Quayside Pharmacy
- Wellfield Pharmacy at Northumbria University Coach Lane Campus
- Ponteland Road Pharmacy
- Shieldfield Pharmacy
- Health Hut Pharmacy & Clinic, Gosforth
- Regent Christian Fellowship, Regent Chapel
- Douglas Pharmacy, Gosforth
Large vaccination sites
Large vaccination sites have lots of appointments available. They have the most options in terms of times if you are looking to book an appointment at a set time and date.
These sites include Vertu Motors Arena, The Centre For Life Vaccination Centre, and The Nightingale Vaccination Centre North East.
All large vaccination site appointments can be booked through the National Booking System or by calling 119.