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More walk-in COVID-19 vaccine appointments available this Bank Holiday weekend as jabs drive continues across Norfolk and Waveney

More walk-in COVID-19 vaccine appointment clinics are taking place across Norfolk and Waveney this Bank Holiday weekend and into next week as the region’s vaccine drive continues to gather pace.

According to data published today by NHS England and NHS Improvement 76% of people aged over 16 in Norfolk and Waveney have received their first dose, compared to 70% of adults in England. This puts us third out of the 42 health and care systems in England.

Some 50% of people aged over 16 in Norfolk and Waveney have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, compared to 43% of adults in England. This puts us sixth out of the 42 health and care systems.

More than a million doses of vaccine have been given in Norfolk and Waveney.

In the week to 23 May, 66,902 doses were given of which 22,435 were first doses and 44,467 were second doses.

It comes as the NHS has announced that people aged 30 and over can book their life-saving COVID-19 jab, as the biggest and fastest vaccination programme in NHS history continues rolling out to people in their thirties.

Melanie Craig, Chief Executive of NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Getting the vaccine is the single most important step we can take to protect ourselves, our families and our communities against COVID-19 with the jabs saving thousands of lives already.

“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.”

The following walk-in clinics are taking place this Bank Holiday weekend and next week:

 

Great Yarmouth area: If you’re aged 30 or over, or will be 30 before 1 July 2021, you can book or walk-in to either the Louise Hamilton Centre on the James Paget hospital site in Gorleston or at Market Gates in Great Yarmouth.

To book for Market Gates please use the national booking link here; Book or manage your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination - NHS (www.nhs.uk) or call 119. Book the Louise Hamilton Centre here.

Both centres are also accepting walk-ins between 8.30am and 5.30pm from now until Sunday, 30 May, so you can just drop-in if this is more convenient.

If you haven’t had your first vaccination yet and you are older – for example 50+ - and have decided that you would now like to have the vaccine then you are welcome to attend too.

If you can have your NHS number with you that would help the vaccination team (please see here; Find your NHS number - NHS (www.nhs.uk)). Please note this is for first vaccinations only and you will be asked for identification on arrival to confirm your eligibility.

King’s Lynn area: Walk-in clinics for second doses of AstraZeneca vaccine will take place at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on Saturday 29 May and Sunday 30 May between 3pm and 6pm. These clinics will be for people who received a first dose on 3 April or before (8 weeks) and are over 50 only. Please bring your vaccination card with you. These clinics are open to healthcare workers and people with increased risk factors.

Norwich area:  Drop-in clinics for first and second doses of AstraZeneca vaccine will take place at Norwich Community Hospital on Wednesday, 2 June 7am – 12pm and Friday, 4 June 6pm – 10pm.  No appointment necessary

Earlier this week NHS Norfolk and Waveney CCG announced a number of further pharmacy sites which will be offering COVID-19 vaccinations to people who are eligible, proving more choice and flexibility for people to book their appointments. These sites and more information is available on our website here.

It’s really important that younger people have the vaccination when it is offered to them as the disease can have serious implications for some.  The vaccine has been tested by scientists and researchers world-wide and every vaccine has gone through thorough checks.

For first doses, people under the age of 40 will be offered Pfizer or Moderna, in line with national guidance. If you’ve already had your first dose of vaccine, whichever vaccine you have had, please go for your second.

If you book via the national booking system or your GP practice contacts you, they will only offer you vaccines that are approved for use to people under the age of 40.

Please don’t think you are exempt from catching COVID-19 if you’re young - you are just as likely to catch the virus which could make you seriously ill.

Lots of people that unfortunately have long-COVID are younger people. The long term effects of long COVID even in fit and healthy people can be life changing - so please do consider having the vaccine.

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

How to book your appointment

Appointments can be booked through the national booking service by visiting nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or ringing 119. 

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.

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.

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 nhs.uk/covid-vaccination 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.

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

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.

More information about the vaccination programme can be found here: https://www.norfolkandwaveneyccg.nhs.uk/covid-19-vaccination-programme   

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