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Cleveland Centre hosts vaccine pop-up as latest data released

Walk-in Covid vaccinations are on offer in the Cleveland Centre today as the latest figures reveal the uptake of jabs in Middlesbrough.

Over three quarters of those aged 12 and above have had their first vaccine - but almost 32,000 people are yet to come forward.

Of those that have had a first dose, 6,232 people haven't come forward for a second.

And 22,635 people in Middlesbrough who are eligible for a booster by January 31 are yet to take up the offer.

Health chiefs are urging people to come forward for a free, safe and effective vaccine, whether it's their first, second or third jab.

The situation is made more pressing by Middlesbrough's rocketing Covid infection rate which stood at 2,934 per 100,000 as of Tuesday.

On Tuesday the majority of people at walk-in clinics in Berwick Hills and Grove Hill attended for their first jab.

Hundreds of people are now coming forward each day to increase their protection against the Omicron variant.

Wednesday's sessions in the former George outlet are being delivered by the Central Middlesbrough Primary Care Network with support from Middlesbrough Council.

The store can be found opposite New Look.

First, second and booster jabs are available until 6pm today at the Cleveland Centre for those aged 16+.

Dr Vaishali Nanda, clinical director of the Central Middlesbrough Primary Care Network, said: "It's been a steady start and what's really encouraging is the number of people who've came in for their first dose, not just boosters.

"We need to take every opportunity to get people vaccinated and having the clinic in a busy shopping centre gives us the chance to reach more people.

"Our local authority public health colleagues have been brilliant at explaining what's going on to people and making sure the public understand the benefits of the vaccine and answering any questions."

On Friday the MFC Foundation bus will again become a mobile vaccine clinic in the town centre.

The bus will be outside the former Debenhams store from 9am - 4pm with those 12 and over welcome.

Again, first, second and booster jabs are on offer for those eligible.

Walk-ins are also available at the Riverside Stadium today, Thursday and Friday from 8.30am - 6pm.

Thousands more walk-in slots are available this month at pharmacy, GP surgeries and community venues including schools and libraries.

The NHS Tees Valley CCG website is updated daily with new availability.

For those that prefer to book an appointment, availability is shown on the national booking service website.