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More Covid-19 vaccination centres in Norfolk and Waveney offer walk-in service

The Norfolk and Waveney health and care system is offering further walk-in opportunities – including two new sites this Thursday in Lowestoft and Harleston - to vaccinate remaining people in priority groups 1-9, building on the 61% of adults in the area who have already received their first dose of the vaccine.

The two new walk-in clinics are being offered at:

  • East Coast - The Old Law Courts, Old Nelson Street, Lowestoft NR32 1HJ (closest car park is on Whapload Road - sat nav NR32 1EQ), Thursday 1 April, 8.30am-3pm, no appointment necessary.
  • South Norfolk - Old Paddock Road surgery, Harleston, Norfolk, Thursday 1 April, 8.30am-3pm, no appointment necessary.

They join further walk-in clinics as follows:

  • Norwich – Gurney Surgery, 40 Fishergate, Norwich, NR3 1SE, Friday 2 April 8am-6pm, no appointment necessary.
  • Norwich – Lionwood Medical Practice, 30a Wellesley Avenue North, Norwich, NR1 4NU, Friday 2 April 8am-6pm, no appointment necessary.
  • West Norfolk– Downham Market Town Hall, Bridge Street, Downham Market, PE38 9DW, Thursday 1 April and Monday 5 April, 8:30am to 2pm, no appointment necessary.
  • East Coast – Gorleston – James Paget Hospital (Burrage Centre) – Monday 5 April 9am-4pm, no appointment necessary.

Dr David Vickers, medical director, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust which runs the majority of large scale vaccination centres in Norfolk and Waveney said:

“Anyone over 50 and in cohort groups 1-9 who hasn’t had their first Covid-19 vaccination can visit our vaccination centres in Harleston and Lowestoft on Thursday 1 April between 8.30 am and 3.00pm to do so.  No appointment is needed on this date, just bring along some form of evidence that shows you are in one of the eligible cohorts.

“So if you are in an eligible group – meaning you are 50 or over, have a health condition that puts you at greater risk, or are a health or social care worker – and you haven’t booked your first dose yet, the time to do so is right now. 

“Scientific evidence has shown the vaccine is safe and effective and is successfully driving down hospitalisation rates.  I strongly urge anyone in the eligible cohorts who has not done so yet, to take the opportunity to protect themselves and others.”

Dr Anoop Dhesi, Clinical Chair & Local GP, NHS Norfolk and Waveney Commissioning Group, said:

“Local NHS teams are working hard to offer the first crucial dose of the vaccine as many people in the top nine priority groups as possible by the middle of April - as a country and a county, we need people to take up this offer to keep everyone safe.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to remind people that are due to have their second dose to make sure they attend their appointment.”

If patients have an appointment already booked over the coming weeks, it is important those appointments are kept and attended rather than a drop-in appointment being selected as a substitute.

 Cohorts 1-9 include:

  • Anyone aged 50+
  • Individuals who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (aged 16 and over)
  • Health and social care staff
  • Care home workers and residents
  • Carers (paid and unpaid, including young carers aged 16+)

 

Directions to the Harleston vaccination centre:

The Old Paddock Road surgery vaccination centre in Harleston is situated behind the Co-op, not far from the main Harleston Medical Practice premises which are located in front of the Co-op.  Visitors to the vaccination centre should park in the Co-op car park, the entrance to which is currently from Paddock Road. The Co-op car park is free of charge.  Please do not park in the old Paddock Road Surgery car park unless you are a disabled driver or passenger.

A one-way traffic flow system has recently been introduced in the immediate vicinity of the Harleston Medical Practice and the old Paddock Road Surgery vaccination centre.  Sat Nav references should therefore not be used.  When arriving in Harleston, people should follow the highway signs for the vaccination centre which will direct them to the Co-op car park via Swan Lane, Weavers Croft and Paddock Road.  The vaccination centre is less than a minute’s walk from the Co-op car park.  When leaving the car park, please exit via Bullock Fair Close and left onto The Thoroughfare one-way system.

 

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