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More than a third of adults in Norfolk and Waveney have received two COVID-19 jabs as vaccine programme continues to gather pace

More than a third of people aged over 16 in Norfolk and Waveney have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, newly released figures show.

According to data published today by NHS England and NHS Improvement  35% of adults in Norfolk and Waveney have received their second dose, compared to 28% of adults in England. This puts us second out of the 42 health and care systems in England.

The figures also show that 70% of people aged over 16 in Norfolk and Waveney have received their first dose, compared to 63% of adults in England. This puts us sixth out of the 42 health and care systems. Some 92% of people aged over 70 have received their second dose.

A total of 894,725 doses of vaccine have been given locally since the start of the vaccination programme. In the week to 2 May, 49,056 doses were given of which 9,876 were first doses and 39,180 were second doses.

Melanie Craig, Chief Executive of NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “The vaccination programme in Norfolk and Waveney continues to make strong progress and take up of the vaccine has been exceptionally high. We are committed to making sure no one gets left behind and continue to work with our partners to look at ways of reaching vulnerable, high risk and hesitant groups.”

If you are in an eligible group – meaning you are 40 or over, or you'll turn 40 before 1 July 2021, have a health condition that puts you at greater risk, have a learning disability, 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

Local people are being encouraged to be patient as fewer vaccines are currently

available, something the health system had expected and planned for. Vaccine supply is expected to increase over the coming days and weeks, meaning that more options will become available on the national booking system.

If you cannot find an appointment at a vaccination site close to where you live please do not contact your GP practice as they need to keep telephones clear for patients needing an appointment with a GP or nurse for other health issues and urgent care.

Our vaccination centres across Norfolk and Waveney continue to offer the life-saving jabs. Next week some additional stock has been made available and therefore we are running an additional clinic at:

  • Louise Hamilton Centre, James Paget University Hospital, Gorleston, NR31 6LA. Clinics from Tuesday to Friday.

Please note that these clinics will be by appointment only. To book an appointment, please ring 01493 453300 between 9am and 5pm this Saturday and Sunday (8 and 9 May). Please note that this number will not be staffed outside of these times.

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

  • Anyone aged 40 and over, or will turn 40 by 1 July 2021
  • 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)                                                                                                  

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