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Drop in for a vaccination and join the million plus people already protected across Norfolk and Waveney

There are plenty of opportunities to get a COVID-19 vaccine as more walk-in and appointment clinics are running tomorrow and over the weekend.  With younger age groups now eligible, the local NHS is focusing on people aged 30+ - urging them to get protected as soon as possible.

According to data published today by NHS England and NHS Improvement 78% of people aged over 16 in Norfolk and Waveney have received their first dose, compared to 72% of adults in England. This puts us second out of the 42 health and care systems in England.

Some 55% of people aged over 16 in Norfolk and Waveney have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, compared to just over 47% of adults in England. This puts us fifth out of the 42 health and care systems.

More than a million doses of vaccine (1,140,899) have been given in Norfolk and Waveney. In the week to 30 May, 66,306 doses were given of which 19,159 were first doses and 47,147 were second doses.

Cath Byford, Chief Nurse at NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We are one of the top performing areas of the country for the number of vaccinations given, but as a health and care system we are determined to keep building on our fantastic progress.  We are committed to offering a vaccine to everyone who wants to receive the life-saving protection it offers.  There is plenty of vaccine supply and no one will be left behind - our staff continue to work incredibly hard to make sure everyone eligible can access a vaccine.

 Added Cath: “As younger age groups become eligible for vaccination, we would urge them to come forward for a Covid-19 jab.  Unfortunately, we hear feedback that many of those who consider themselves fit and healthy don’t think they need protection, but the facts are that catching coronavirus can still impact your long-term health even if you don’t get so poorly you need to go to hospital. 

 “The vaccination of younger people is also important to stop the spread of the virus and protect the more vulnerable groups in our families and communities.  People are enjoying having more freedom and being able to socialise in the warmer weather – but we need a very high percentage of the whole population to be vaccinated so we can control the virus and stop further outbreaks and avoid future restrictions.” 

Getting the vaccine is the single most important step we can take to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities against COVID-19.  The vaccine has been tested by scientists and researchers worldwide and every vaccine has gone through thorough checks.

Anyone aged 30 plus can now get a vaccination at one of many locations across the area, many of which offer weekend and evening appointments or drop-in opportunities for those who have work or childcare commitments during the day. It is likely that vaccinations will open up for people under 30 years of age in the next few days.  The latest information about who can get a vaccine and where – including local drop-in and bookable clinics - is always available at www.norfolkandwaveneyccg.nhs.uk. 

This website also has key facts about the safety of the vaccines and why it is important that as many people get vaccinated as possible to protect themselves, their families, and wider communities. 

If you haven’t had your first vaccination yet and are in one of the older age groups then you are welcome to attend too. It’s not too late to change your mind or find a location and time that suit you best.

The following bookable and drop-in clinics are taking place over the next few days.

Norwich: Lionwood Medical Practice, NR1 4NU walk-in clinics (no appointment needed) for people aged 40+ on Friday 4 June 13:30 to 18:00 and Saturday 5 June 08:00 to 18:00hrs.  These slots are for first or second doses if people don’t already have an appointment booked.

Norwich: Norwich Community Hospital, NR2 3TU walk-in clinics (no appointment needed) for people aged 40+ on Friday 4 June 18:00 to 22:00 and Saturday 5 June 09:00 to 12:00hrs.  These slots are for first or second doses if people don’t already have an appointment booked.

Great Yarmouth and Gorleston: If you’re aged 30 or over, or will be 30 before 1 July 2021, you can get a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Louise Hamilton Centre on the James Paget hospital site in Gorleston or at Market Gates shopping centre in Great Yarmouth. 

  • Louise Hamilton Centre, NR31 6LA - 08:30 and 17:30 on Saturday 5 June
  • Market Gates Shopping Centre, NR30 2BG - 08:30 and 17:30 on Friday 4 June, Saturday 5 June and Sunday 6 June – booked appointments for Market Gates available online here: Book or manage your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination - NHS (www.nhs.uk) or call 119.

Pharmacies: A number of pharmacy sites are also offering COVID-19 vaccinations to people who are eligible, providing more choice and flexibility for people to book their appointments. These sites and more information is available on our website here.

Please take with you: Your NHS number to help the vaccination team book you in quickly (please see here; Find your NHS number - NHS www.nhs.uk) and identification showing confirmation of age to confirm your eligibility.

First doses for people under the age of 40: You will be offered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, 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 to get the maximum possible protection for longer. 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.

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.   

 

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