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Norfolk and Waveney’s COVID-19 vaccination programme remains on track as health leaders urge local people to get the life-saving jab

The COVID-19 vaccination programme in Norfolk and Waveney remains on track, with more than half of adults having now received their first dose of vaccine, newly released figures show.

According to data published today by NHS England and NHS Improvement 480,582 doses of vaccine have been given in Norfolk and Waveney. Some 457,000 people have received their first dose and 23,582 their second dose. 

In the week to last Sunday, 43,948 doses of vaccine were given in Norfolk and Waveney, up from 38,608 the previous week, (37,561 were first doses and 6,387 were second doses).

The figures show that 54% of adults in Norfolk and Waveney have received their first dose, compared to 45% of adults in England. This puts us fifth out of the 42 health and care systems in England.

The figures also show that:

  • 97% of over 80s have received their first dose of vaccine and 22% have received their second dose.
  • 105% of over 75-79 year olds have received their first dose of vaccine
  • 96% of over 70-74 year olds have received their first dose of vaccine
  • 91% of over 65-69 year olds have received their first dose of vaccine
  • 86% of over 60-64 year olds have received their first dose of vaccine
  • 52% of over 55-59 year olds have received their first dose of vaccine.

Melanie Craig, Chief Executive of NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “The success of the NHS vaccination roll-out in Norfolk and Waveney is testament to the hard work of NHS staff and volunteers, and it’s great news that people aged 50 and over are now being invited to get their jab.

“The vaccines are both safe and effective and we strongly encourage everyone who is eligible in Norfolk and Waveney to take up the offer of vaccination. Please come forward to protect yourselves and your loved ones.”

People aged 50 and over can now book a vaccine appointment through the national website www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by calling 119 if you can’t use the internet.

Healthcare teams continue to urge anyone yet to be vaccinated to take up the offer as letters and text messages go out with a link allowing people to pick a convenient slot at an NHS vaccine centre, or pharmacy-led service through the national booking service website.

Text invitations appear as an alert from ‘NHSvaccine’, including a web link to click and reserve an appointment. Text invites will also be received from local booking services through a GP-led team.

Appointments for large scale NHS vaccination centres which are available via the national booking system are released in line with vaccine supply. Some sites will come and go, depending on when the patient accesses the system, so the local NHS urges those who are eligible for an appointment to be patient and keep checking.

GP practices in Norfolk and Waveney continue to work incredibly hard to vaccinate priority groups. Anyone who doesn’t want to or can’t make it to one of the large vaccination centres can still choose to wait to be contact by their local GP practice. Please do not contact your local GP practice or hospital; please wait to be invited.

In the coming weeks, further options will be added for patients to choose where they receive their vaccination. This includes the addition of more pharmacy led vaccination sites, mobile vaccination clinics and a potential drive through option which is being explored. These further options will be dependent on vaccine supply.

The NHS has been offering the vaccine to the most at risk people as soon as doses have been made available, in line with guidance form the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.

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Notes to Editors:

COVID-19 vaccination programme

  • Vaccination sites across Norfolk and Waveney comprise of hospital hubs, primary care network sites, pharmacy and large vaccination centres.
  • We need the public to continue to play their part. That means:
  • unless you are in the groups being invited now, please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you when it is the right time;
  • when we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments at exactly the time you’re asked to;
  • and whether you have had your vaccine or not, please continue to follow all the guidance in place to control the virus and save lives.
  • Please don’t worry if you are unable to book online, the NHS will contact you to book your vaccination.
  • More information can be found here: https://www.norfolkandwaveneyccg.nhs.uk/covid-19-vaccination-programme

Information about second doses:

  • Routinely, people will go back to the same place they had their first dose
  • The second dose should be the same type of vaccine as the first
  • If you have moved area since your first dose, you should cancel your second dose appointment and rebook via the national booking system/ 119 if you had your first dose in a large vaccination centre.
  • If you have moved area since your first dose and had your vaccination in a general practice hub or hospital hub, you can either book as above or you can contact your new GP practice.
  • People moving into a new care home will have their vaccination status discussed as part of their transfer of care. There will be a discussion between the care home and their linked GP practice about any second dose requirement.

 

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