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Over 55 and not had your COVID-19 vaccine? Visit one of our pilot drop-in centres…

The COVID-19 vaccination programme continues at great pace across Norfolk and Waveney with 54% of its adult population having already received their first dose.

Hundreds of thousands of people across Norfolk and Waveney have been contacted via the national booking system, by their local GP practice or Hospital Hub and offered the vaccine.

Whilst the take up has been very good, we are now in a position where a number of vaccination sites across Norfolk and Waveney will temporarily offer a ‘drop-in’ vaccination clinic where no appointment is needed.

Patients over the age of 55 who have not already booked or received their first dose can attend the following vaccination sites on dedicated days and times; just turn up with a valid form of ID to confirm your age and where possible, your NHS number:

  • The Inspire Centre at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (QEH), King’s Lynn, PE30 4ET, 8:30am to 7:30pm, Tuesday 23 March and Friday 26 March 2021
  • GP led vaccination sites:

Beccles Medical Centre, St Mary's Road, Beccles NR34 9NX, 10am to 12noon, Sunday 21 March 2021

This drop-in pilot comes as a result of diversifying the way in which vaccinations are provided across Norfolk and Waveney, encouraging people from younger age groups and harder to reach communities to access vaccinations in ways which are more convenient and accessible to them.

Whilst we know vaccination appointments have been offered to everyone over the age of 50, these drop-in clinics is a targeted pilot to encourage those who haven’t yet booked a vaccine over the age of 55 to come forward.

Patients and members of the public attending the drop-in clinic must live in Norfolk and Waveney and within a 20-mile radius of the site they are attending.

Melanie Craig, Chief Executive, of NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Our local COVID-19 vaccination programme continues to go from strength to strength as we have reached that huge milestone of vaccinating more than half of our adult population across Norfolk and Waveney.

“These extra drop-in appointments mean we can vaccinate even more people, so if you are over the age of 55 and haven’t yet received your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, please attend a drop-in clinic.

“It is also important to reassure everyone that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and have been through extensive, international testing; I encourage everyone who hasn’t yet accepted their invitation to do this urgently to protect themselves and others.”

Patients in cohort 5, those aged 65-69 years old, cohort 7, those aged 60-64, and cohort 8, those aged 55-59 and cohort 9, those aged 50 to 54 who have received a letter inviting them are also encouraged to book a vaccine appointment through the national website www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by calling 119 if you can’t use the internet.

GP practices will also be vaccinating these groups, so anyone who doesn’t want to or can’t make it to one of these 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.

Patients in cohort 6 and those that are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable should continue to wait for their GP practice to contact them; as soon as you are offered an appointment, please accept the invitation and attend for your first and subsequent second dose. Cohort 6 also includes carers and unknown carers whose details are being captured and sent across to GP practices.

In the future, further options will be added for patients to choose as to 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.

The list of drop-in centres and when they will be open will be updated on a regular basis and shared via NHS Norfolk and Waveney CCG social media channels and with local and regional media.

It is expected that additional sites will also offer a drop-in clinic in the near future.

It is also important to note that the drop-in clinic will close once vaccine supply has been used.

ENDS

 

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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