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More than a million COVID-19 vaccine doses are given in Norfolk and Waveney as health leaders urge young people to take up the jabs

More than one million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given out in Norfolk and Waveney since the start of the vaccination rollout in December.

According to data published today by NHS England and NHS Improvement 1,007,691 doses have been administered in the biggest vaccination drive in health service history.

The figures show that 74% of people aged over 16 in Norfolk and Waveney have received their first dose, compared to 67% of adults in England. This puts us third out of the 42 health and care systems in England.

Some 45% of people aged over 16 in Norfolk and Waveney have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, compared to 38% of adults in England. This puts us fifth out of the 42 health and care systems.

In the week to 16 May, 59,261 doses were given of which 22,804 were first doses and 36,457 were second doses.

It comes as the NHS announces that people aged 34 and 35 can book their life-saving COVID-19 jab from today, as the biggest and fastest vaccination programme in NHS history continues rolling out to people in their thirties.

Texts inviting people to book a vaccination will be sent to those aged 34 and 35 today (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday). Younger people in their thirties are expected to be invited over the next few days and weeks.

Melanie Craig, Chief Executive of NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group said: “The vaccination programme in Norfolk and Waveney is moving at speed. Our vaccination teams continue to work incredibly hard to protect patients from COVID-19. Please come forward for the jab once you get the offer – it could save your life and protect your loved ones.”

She added that it is really important that younger people have the vaccination when it is offered to them as the disease can have serious implications for some.

“Younger people who have had COVID-19 are just as likely to develop long COVID symptoms,” she said. “Having the vaccine will help protect people from becoming seriously ill with COVID-19, reducing the chances of being affected by the virus longer term. You will also help protect others by having the jab.”

Appointments can be booked through the national booking service by visiting or ringing 119. 

If you can’t find an appointment at a vaccination site close to where you live please keep checking the national booking system for the latest local vaccination slots as these are being regularly updated. Please do not contact your local GP practice. You will be contacted when it’s the right time.

From this week people eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination in Norfolk and Waveney will have another location to choose from when booking their appointment.

In addition to the vaccination sites already operating, Hado Pharmacy in Mount Street, Diss will join the COVID-19 vaccination programme from this week, providing vaccinations at Diss Youth and Community Centre.

The pharmacy is the third in the area and one of hundreds of pharmacy sites nationally to join the vaccination programme. Appointments for this site should be booked via the national booking service.

More pharmacy sites are planned for Norfolk and Waveney over the coming weeks, providing more choice and flexibility for local people to book their appointments.

In total, the NHS nationally has now delivered 48.5 million doses of the jab, and more than one third of adults have had both doses, meaning they have maximum protection from the virus.

On the advice of the government and Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), people aged 50 and over and the clinically vulnerable are having their second doses brought forward to counter the spread of the Indian variant. Nobody needs to contact the NHS and people will be told to rebook if they need to.

When invited, people can book at one of the vaccination centre, pharmacy or general practice sites across the country that are available through the national booking service.

Text invitations appear as an alert from ‘NHSvaccine’, including a web link to the NHS website to reserve an appointment.

People who cannot go online can call the service on 119 instead to book their jab.

Vaccinations are now being administered at more than 1,600 sites across the country, including mosques, museums and rugby grounds, meaning the vast majority of the people live within 10 miles of at least one vaccination service.

People aged 39 and under who are eligible and pregnant women will be offered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine in line with recently updated JCVI guidance.


Notes to Editors:

Second doses

Following national guidance and in line with all areas of the country, people aged 50 and over and the clinically vulnerable are having their second doses brought forward. This is so people at greater risk of getting seriously ill due to coronavirus can get maximum protection earlier.

The standard window between your first and second dose should be on or around 12 weeks, but for people over the age of 50 and those in cohorts 1-9, this is being brought forward to eight weeks.

If you are already over the eight-week window since your first dose, please do not worry – you will be sent a text or contacted by an NHS organisation to change your appointment for an earlier date, shortly.

If you booked your appointment originally via the national booking system, you should have received a text to bring your second dose vaccination forward. Simply cancel your original appointment and rebook your second. Go to or call 119 (free), between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.

If you had your vaccine at a local GP surgery, a GP-led site, hospital hub or at a walk-in centre please wait to be contacted by the local NHS, do not contact your GP practice.

For everyone under the age of 50 and not part of cohorts 1-9, your second dose will take place on or around 12 weeks.

A single dose of the vaccine provides a good level of protection from COVID-19, but the second dose is important to ensure lasting protection.


Public urged to continue playing their part

Millions of people are already 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.

But NHS staff are still having to work hard to deliver the largest vaccination drive in our history, at the same time as providing care for everyone who needs it.

So we need the public to continue to play their part too:

  • unless you have been invited before, please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you when it is the right time;
  • please attend your booked appointments at exactly the time you’re asked to, and make sure you come back for your second dose;
  • 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.


COVID-19 vaccination status

From 17 May 2021, people in England who have had a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine will be able to demonstrate their COVID-19 vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. People can prove their vaccination status: 

  • in the NHS App
  • through the NHS website (from 17 May 2021)
  • by ringing 119 to get a letter

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