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Almost a quarter of adults in Norfolk and Waveney have received their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine as immunisation drive continues

Almost a quarter of people aged over 16 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 24% of local residents 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 61% of adults in England. This puts us sixth out of the 42 health and care systems in England.

Some 24% of adults in Norfolk and Waveney have received their second dose, compared to 19% of adults in England. This puts us second out of the 42 health and care systems. 67% of over 70s have received their second dose. 

A total of 779,412 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: “People in Norfolk and Waveney are among millions benefiting from protection from the virus and this has contributed to the dramatic falls in infections, hospitalisations and deaths from the virus we are now seeing.

“NHS staff are doing an incredible job to deliver what is the largest vaccination programme in our history, at the same time as continuing to be there for everyone who needs care.

“Urgent care is still available for those who need it, so we would urge people not to put off coming forward. The best way to get the medical help you need is to think NHS 111 First.  Phone NHS 111 or visit 111.nhs.uk for anything that feels urgent or if you are unsure what to do.  They can direct you to the most appropriate place and even book you a time slot for a GP consultation or A&E if necessary. Call 999 for life-threatening illness or injuries.”

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.

Mrs Craig added: “We continue to urge everyone who is eligible for a vaccine to take it when they are offered it. Being vaccinated gives you the best protection from becoming seriously ill if you contract COVID-19. Second doses are equally important, so please don’t delay when you’re invited for an appointment – you need both doses for the highest levels of protection.

“People aged 45 and over can still book their first appointment for the vaccine.  If the vaccination clinic locations available on the national booking system website are not close to where you live please do keep checking.  More locations will continue to be added as further supplies of vaccine for first doses are available. Alternatively, you can contact your GP practice who will be able to book you in to the next available clinic.”

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.

People aged 16+ who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person who is clinically vulnerable to COVID-19 (or whose welfare may be at risk if their carer falls ill) can register for a vaccine online at apps.norfolk.gov.uk/carervax

The following walk in clinics are taking place this weekend:

  • Great Yarmouth, Market Gates Shopping Centre, NR30 2BG, Saturday 24 April, 9am to 3pm, and Sunday 25 April, 10am to 2pm – 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 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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