Health chiefs praise staff and volunteers as “significant milestones” are reached in the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme
The COVID-19 vaccination programme continues at pace across Norfolk and Waveney as it was revealed that over 80% of over 80s have now received their first doses of the vaccine.
Data published today by NHS England and NHS Improvement shows that Norfolk and Waveney has vaccinated 82.4% of over 80s, the second-highest figure in the East of England and 15th nationally out of 42 health systems in England.
Norfolk and Waveney has also administered the second highest overall number of doses in the East of England at 147,631 and is in 15th position nationally.
Norfolk and Waveney has the second largest number of over 80s in the East of England and considerably more than some other health systems in the region.
Thanks to the hard work of our staff and volunteers, by Sunday we were able to offer the first dose of the vaccine to all care homes in our area where it has been safe to do so within the national guidelines for infection prevention and control. More than 95% of residents and staff in care homes for the over 65s in Norfolk and Waveney (north Suffolk) have now received their first dose of vaccine.
For the small number of cases where care home residents or staff were not able to be vaccinated at the point in time the team attended, or due to safety restrictions, ‘roving teams’ will return to vaccinate them at the earliest possible opportunity.
Melanie Craig, Chief Executive of NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said the NHS is on track to have vaccinated or offered vaccine to all the over 80s in Norfolk and Waveney by the end of January this Sunday.
“Our vaccination programme continues apace and over the past week we’ve achieved some significant milestones,” she added.
“Our health and care staff in primary care, hospitals, large scale vaccination sites and pharmacies are doing an incredible job to get the COVID-19 vaccine to those who need it the most. We have made considerable progress in Norfolk and Waveney (north Suffolk) vaccinating the over 80s, care home staff and residents, health and care staff and more recently, in line with the direction from the JCVI, individuals aged 70 and over and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.
“This has been an incredible team effort within only a few weeks of the national vaccination programme starting – thank you to everyone who has helped to make this happen. While we welcome this progress we will not rest until all those who are most vulnerable to this disease are vaccinated.”
COVID-19 vaccination programme
- There are currently 26 sites vaccinating patients in eligible groups across Norfolk and Waveney (north Suffolk). More sites are planned to go live in the coming weeks which will deliver an increase in local vaccination provision – with no one in the Norfolk and Waveney (north Suffolk) area having to travel more than 10 miles to reach a vaccination site.
- There are 21 GP-led sites which are acting as ‘primary care hubs’; vaccinating patients registered with their own practice as well as patients from other neighbouring practices.
- Vaccinations are also being delivered at three hospital hub sites, the Norfolk and Norwich, James Paget and Queen Elizabeth hospitals, a large scale vaccination centre at Castle Quarter in Norwich and Hayden Chemist in Lowestoft
- Large scale and community pharmacy sites continue to be rolled out over the coming weeks and will be announced by the NHS just before they go live.
- The NHS is well-used to delivering millions of vaccines a year and is moving quickly to offer everyone in the top priority groups their first dose by the middle of February if supplies allow – if you are in an eligible group and haven’t been contacted yet please don’t worry, we will contact you to offer you an appointment at a vaccination site, or if you are housebound, at your home.
- More information can be found here: https://www.norfolkandwaveneyccg.nhs.uk/covid-19-vaccination-programme
- It’s really important to attend the appointment you’re offered if you can, but anyone who may have difficulty attending a vaccination appointment should discuss that with their GP practice or hospital when they are contacted to arrange an appointment time. Support from various community transport services is available to people depending upon eligibility.
- Vaccination is by appointment only once you have been invited, so please wait to be contacted.
- Everyone should continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives – that means staying at home as much as possible and following the ‘hands, face, space’ guidance if you have to go out.
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