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Norfolk and Waveney leads the way as the top performing area in the country for first doses of COVID-19 vaccinations

Norfolk and Waveney is leading the way with COVID-19 vaccinations, with 80% of people aged over 16 having received their first dose and putting us first out of the 42 health and care systems in England.

According to data published today by NHS England and NHS Improvement Norfolk and Waveney is the best performing area in the country for first doses. Some 74% of adults in England have received their first dose.

Some 60% of people aged over 16 in Norfolk and Waveney have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, compared to 52% of adults in England. This puts us fourth out of the 42 health and care systems for second doses.

More than a million doses of vaccine (1,196,745) have been given in Norfolk and Waveney. In the week to 6 June, 55,846 doses were given of which 15,662 were first doses and 40,184 were second doses.

Anyone aged 25 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. The latest information about who can get a vaccine and where – including local drop in and bookable clinics - is always available at

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 world-wide and every vaccine has gone through thorough checks.

Younger people are seizing the chance to receive their COVID-19 jabs. Nationally there were more than one million bookings for the vaccine through the NHS website on Tuesday this week as those aged 25+ became eligible, a record high figure and the first time daily appointments booked through the national booking service have topped the million mark.

And a local survey of about 900 people aged between 18 and 30 run by NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group found that 90% planned to take up the offer of a vaccine, helping to ease some concerns that younger people might not choose to have the jab and the protection it offers.

Melanie Craig, Chief Executive of NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “Getting the life-saving COVID-19 jab is the most important thing you can do to safeguard yourself and those you care about, so book your appointment and get that vital protection. It’s really important that we keep the enthusiasm and the momentum going, so if you’re over 25 get your jab booked in and help protect yourselves and your loved ones.”

Appointments can be booked through the national booking service by visiting or ringing 119. When invited, people can book at one of the vaccination centre, pharmacy or general practice sites 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.

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.

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

  • Saturday, 12 June: Both the Louise Hamilton Centre, James Paget University Hospital and Market Gates Shopping Centre, Great Yarmouth, from 8.30am to 5.30pm.
  • Sunday, 13 June: Both the Louise Hamilton Centre, James Paget University Hospital and Market Gates Shopping Centre, Great Yarmouth, from 8.30am to 5.30pm.
  • Wednesday, 16 June: Louise Hamilton Centre ONLY, 8.30am to 5.30pm

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


Notes to Editors:

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.

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.

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 theNHS 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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