Newcastle Councillors get boosters, urge others to do the same as soon as possible
The North East is one of the leading regions for booster jabs. Two Liberal Democrats Councillors who had theirs recently have urged others to follow suit to protect us all as Christmas approaches.
Councillor Ali Avaei, who is a community pharmacist who runs a Covid vaccination clinic on Sundays at Adelaide Terrace in Benwell, administered one to his colleague Cllr Helen Laverick (Both pictured here). He said " We have enough supplies for appointments and walk-ins to take us through the New Year. So I urge all adults to get their jabs - including those who haven't yet had first or second ones. Our main line of defence against Covid and variants is a fully vaccinated and boosted population. The data shows that the vaccines are helpful against all variants - even if you catch covid, it's likely to be a lot less severe and less of a burden on the NHS if you've had all 3 shots."
Councillor Thom Campion, who was a walk-in at the Racecourse vaccine centre in North Gosforth this morning, said, "The staff at the vaccine centre are doing a magnificent job, rising to the challenge of a short-notice change in Government policy. Even if you have to wait a little while, as I did, it's well worth it to feel safer as cases of the latest variant soar."
People as young as 12 will be able to get their first jabs at a pop-up in Grainger Market on Saturday.
Full information about how to get your covid vaccination can be found at https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/services/public-health-wellbeing-and-leisure/public-health-services/coronavirus-covid-19/how-get