NHS leaders in South Tyneside are urging members of the public to not contact their GP to enquire about Covid-19 vaccination.
Following new advice from the UK Chief Medical Officers, vaccine providers are being asked to prioritise first dose vaccination jabs over second doses.

The new guidance will help ensure that as many people as possible benefit from the first dose of the vaccine as soon as possible.

This means that GP practices across South Tyneside are reorganising their vaccination schedules. They will need to reschedule thousands of patient appointments, so will be contacting patients who have appointments for second vaccines directly to reschedule these in the coming days.

If your appointment is going to change you will be contacted directly very soon. If you have not been contacted, please attend your appointment as planned, because GP practices may not have had time to reschedule all patient appointments yet.

For health or social care workers your second appointment will be rescheduled so please do not attend and we will be in touch with you soon to arrange this.

The new medical advice is that the second dose of the vaccine remains effective when given up to 12 weeks after the first dose, and should be given towards the end of this 12 week period.

You do not need to call your GP. They will call you to reschedule your second vaccine appointment.