Every eligible Newcastle care home resident has been vaccinated against coronavirus in what experts are hailing as "the start of a long road back to normality". The doctor leading the project has confirmed that all care homes in Newcastle, comprising almost 2,000 residents in over 50 homes, and most of the staff looking after them have been given the jab. The programme saw seven teams made up of a doctor, nurse and administrator delivering the vaccination to each home around the city, completing the job in less than a fortnight. Newcastle is believed to be the first city in England to reach the milestone with its rapid vaccine rollout. Teamwork, planning and communication were the keys in getting the doses out to over 50 homes in the city in such a short time frame. Chief operating officer from Newcastle GP Services, Rebecca Haynes, described the two-week rollout as "incredibly challenging but an absolute privilege." She added: "Care homes, their staff and their residents have been impacted deeply by the pandemic, they have all made great sacrifices and being able to provide them with the protection and a glimmer of hope has been incredibly rewarding." Despite the city’s vaccination success, Mrs Haynes warned: "We are not out of the woods yet and I would urge people to follow the guidance in full, stay at home unless essential and help stop the spread of the virus." Nick Forbes, the leader of Newcastle City Council, said: "In less than two weeks we have protected the most vulnerable people in our communities, providing the residents and their families with a sense of reassurance and hope they have longed for. "It is also a relief for care home staff who have given so much during this pandemic, prioritising the health and care of the residents they work with." "This is the start of the long road back to normality for our city, a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel." GP Dr Jane Carman said none of the residents refused to have the jab. She told the BBC's Today programme: "Everybody was delighted to have it." Care home workers still waiting for their vaccination are being offered slots at the Centre For Life mass vaccination hub.