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Young people in Norfolk and Waveney urged not to delay and to book a life-saving COVID-19 jab as the NHS invites all adults to come forward

Health leaders in Norfolk and Waveney tonight urged young people not to delay and to book their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible as the NHS invites all adults to get a life-saving jab.

Everyone aged 18 and over is being urged to arrange a jab if they have not had one as the NHS Covid Vaccination Programme, the biggest in health service history, begins the final push to protect the country.

The NHS will start to send around 1.5 million texts to people aged 18-20 from tomorrow morning in what has been called a “watershed moment”. The NHS is braced for high demand after the first group of people in their 20s to be offered vaccines booked more than one million appointments in a single day.

Tomorrow's milestone comes fewer than 200 days since the NHS made history by delivering the first COVID-19 vaccine outside of a clinical trial to Maggie Keenan in Coventry.

Melanie Craig, Chief Executive of NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) urged young people not to delay and to book the life-saving jab as soon as possible. She said: “Vaccines represent the best way out of this pandemic and the road back to normality and reclaiming our freedoms.

“We know the COVID-19 vaccination is our best protection against Coronavirus, so I would like to make an impassioned plea to everyone who is eligible in Norfolk and Waveney to get their vaccine. If you are eligible for a vaccine, please don’t delay and book it as soon as you can. Getting the life-saving COVID-19 jab is the most important thing you can do to safeguard yourself and those you care about.

“We know that getting both doses is vital to maximising the positive impact of the vaccines, if you’re offered the chance to bring forward your second jab, please do so and most importantly come forward for both appointments and get this essential protection from COVID -19.”

She added: “I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has been working tirelessly on the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine programme in Norfolk and Waveney. It has been an incredible effort and is a testament to the dedicated work of colleagues and partners across the area.”

NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens described the announcement to invite everyone over the age of 18 to book their jab as a “watershed moment”, adding: “Whoever you are, wherever you live, if you are aged 18 or older and you are yet to book your Covid jab, today should be the day you make that happen.”

According to data published today by NHS England and NHS Improvement  82% of people aged over 16 in Norfolk and Waveney have received their first dose, putting us second out of the 42 health and care systems in England. Some 76% of adults in England have received their first dose.

Some 64% of people aged over 16 in Norfolk and Waveney have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, compared to 56% 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 (1,239,468) have been given in Norfolk and Waveney. In the week to 13 June, 42,723 doses were given of which 13,082 were first doses and 29,641 were second doses Norfolk and Waveney has got off to a flying start with vaccinations for younger people with 26% of 16-24 year olds, 46% of 25-29 year olds and 74% of 30-34 year olds having received their first dose.

Anyone aged 18 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 www.norfolkandwaveneyccg.nhs.uk

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.

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 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 walk-in clinics are taking place over the next few days.

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

 

Great Yarmouth:

Walk-in appointments are available at the Louise Hamilton Centre on the James Paget University Hospital site tomorrow Friday 18, Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 June, between 8.30am and 5.30pm for first doses of Pfizer.  Also Monday 21, Tuesday 22 and Thursday 24 June between 5.30pm – 8.30pm for bookings and walk-ins for 1st dose Pfizer and bookings for 2nd dose AstraZeneca/Pfizer.

At Market Gates shopping centre in Great Yarmouth you can drop in tomorrow Friday 18 and Saturday, 19 June, 8.30am to 5.30pm, for your first dose of Pfizer.  Also Wednesday 23 June and Friday 25 June 5.30pm – 8.30pm for bookings and walk-ins for 1st dose Pfizer and bookings for 2nd dose Pfizer.

Anyone aged 18 or over is welcome at either venue, so if you’re in an older age group and you’ve been putting it off, or if you’ve just decided you would now like to get the vaccine, you can pop in whenever this suits you. Alternatively, if you’d prefer to book a suitable time then you can use the national booking system.

 

Norwich:

Walk-in appointments for first doses of Pfizer are taking place at Norwich Community Hospital NR2 3TU this weekend – no appointment needed. Please bring some form of ID and your NHS number if possible. Clinic times as follows: Friday 18 June 2.45pm – 7.30pm; Saturday 19 June 9.45am – 4.30pm and Sunday 20 June 9.45am – 4.30pm

Gurney Surgery, 40 Fishergate, Norwich, NR3 1SE walk-in clinic:
Thursday 24 June 2pm-5pm (AstraZeneca clinic for over 40s) - first and second doses
Saturday 26 June 8am-1pm AND 2pm-5pm (Pfizer clinic for first doses)

 

Diss:

Walk-in vaccinations available at Diss Youth and Community Centre - first doses of Pfizer:  Friday 18 June 2pm – 6pm.

 

Downham Market:

Walk-in vaccinations available at Downham Market Town Hall on Sunday 20 June and Monday 21 June from 10 – 12 and then 1 – 2.  Vaccinations will be for second dose AstraZeneca or first dose AstraZeneca for over 40s.

 

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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 40 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 40 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.

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: 

 

Public urged to continue playing their part

Millions of people are already benefiting from protection from the virus. 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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