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COVID-19 vaccines drive continues at pace as almost half of over 70 year olds in Norfolk and Waveney receive second life-saving dose

Almost half of people aged over the age of 70 in Norfolk and Waveney have received their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, newly released figures show.

According to data published today by NHS England and NHS Improvement 47% of people aged over 70 in Norfolk and Waveney have received two doses of the life-saving vaccine.

The figures show that 67% of people aged over 16 in Norfolk and Waveney have received their first dose, compared to 59% of adults in England. This puts us fifth out of the 42 health and care systems in England.

Some 17% of adults in Norfolk and Waveney have also received their second dose, compared to 14% of adults in England. This puts us second out of the 42 health and care systems.

In the week to 11 April a record 58,878 second doses were given. A total of 714,808 doses of vaccine have been given locally since the start of the vaccination programme.

Melanie Craig, Chief Executive of NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “The vaccination programme continues to make strong progress locally and this week the NHS started offering vaccinations to people aged 45 and over. I am grateful to everyone involved for this fantastic effort.

“Being vaccinated gives you the best protection from becoming seriously ill if you contract COVID-19, so I encourage everyone who is offered the vaccine to take up the offer as soon as possible.

“Second doses are equally as important, don’t delay when you’re invited for an appointment – you need both doses for the highest levels of protection.”

Whilst 67% of people aged over 16 in Norfolk and Waveney have already received the vaccine, it is vital that those who are eligible for a vaccine and have not already booked an appointment are reminded and encouraged to do so.

A walk in clinic will be taking place tomorrow and Saturday at:

  • Great Yarmouth, Market Gates Shopping Centre, NR30 2BG, tomorrow (Friday 16 April, 9am to 3pm, and Saturday 17 April, 10am to 4pm – no appointment necessary.

Please note that as this is a walk-in clinic, demand is likely to vary throughout the day so there may be occasions when people are asked to return to the clinic for their vaccination when it is less busy.

Walk-in clinics are for first doses only and for people in priority groups 1-10, which includes: 

  • Anyone aged 45+
  • Individuals who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable
  • Those aged 16+ who share a household with someone who has severe immunosuppression
  • Health and social care staff
  • Care home workers and residents
  • Carers (16+, paid and unpaid)

Some form of evidence that shows you are in one of the eligible cohorts will be required.

Please note that even if you are in these priority groups, but under the age of 30, you cannot attend a walk-in clinic. This is due to the current type of vaccine available and changes to national guidance.

If you are in an eligible group – meaning you are 45 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, you can book at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by phoning 119.

Paid and unpaid carers should book via the NCC website at https://apps.norfolk.gov.uk/carervax – a 24/7 telephone voicemail service 01603 257 256 is also available but is only intended for people who are unable to register online.

Anyone aged 45 and over can now also contact their own GP practice if they have not yet had their first dose of the vaccine. People aged 16+ who share a household with someone who has severe immunosuppression should also contact their GP. 

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.

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