It’s easier than ever to get your vaccine - a bumper week of jabbing planned as more walk in clinics announced for first and second doses
The local health and care system is pulling out all the stops to make getting a COVID vaccination even easier by opening up new drop-in opportunities to get a lifesaving vaccine, with no appointment needed.
Additional walk-in clinics are being announced as part of a collaborative approach to get as many people vaccinated before mid-July as possible. The walk-in slots are provided in addition to bookable appointments – with hundreds of these now also available through the national booking system online and the 119 telephone number.
Health leaders in Norfolk and Waveney are urging anyone 18+ to come forward for their first vaccination and reminding those due a second dose that they can now bring this forward to eight weeks rather than 12.
This week, the CCG has joined forces with Public Health and Norfolk County Council to launch a new vaccination uptake campaign aimed at 18-29 year-olds called Every Vaccine Counts. Based on insight and feedback from people in this age range, key messages and adverts will appear on social media, including Instagram and Snapchat and will take centre stage on the big screen at Norwich's Chantry Place, (formerly the Chapelfield shopping centre) as well as appearing in other areas of high footfall of younger people.
The campaign aims to drive home the importance of every single vaccination in making a difference and the speed and ease with which people can now get a vaccine to protect themselves and others. It also reminds people that vaccinations are our best chance of ‘getting back to normal’ and doing the things we enjoy most.
Increased numbers of bookable appointments and walk-in slots will make for a bumper week of vaccinations to meet the demand from younger people, now all those aged 18+ are eligible for vaccination.
The planned walk-in clinics provide a good spread of first and second dose locations and options and additional local pharmacy sites are going live to increase the number of bookable appointments available closer to home.
Said Melanie Craig Chief Executive of NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG): “We will be jabbing all over Norfolk and Waveney - in shopping centres, community venues, at hospitals, schools, GP practices and pharmacies from Kings Lynn to Lowestoft - to protect local people.”
“We are all desperate to see the final restrictions lifted on 19 July; getting your vaccination will help us get there safely. We know that having two doses of the vaccine massively reduces your risk of catching covid, passing it on to others or ending up in hospital. The vaccines available have proven to be more than 90% effective against serious illness from the new Delta variant.”
“The more people who get vaccinated, the better protected we all are – we need the majority of adults aged 18+ to have the vaccine in order to see the benefits across our communities, protect the most vulnerable and enjoy more freedoms this summer.
“A massive thank you to all our system partners for setting up additional clinics so quickly and giving people the convenience of just walking in for their jab. We have listened to local people and hope that more evening and weekend clinics will be popular with those who struggle to make it during the week due to work or childcare commitments. Thanks to all our vaccinators, support staff and volunteers for working flexibly to make this possible.”
The NHS has started sending around 1.5 million texts to people aged 18-20 urging them not to delay getting their vaccine. University students returning home for the summer are also encouraged to book their vaccination as soon as they get back, whilst there is plenty of vaccine supply and they can get a jab quickly, close to their family home.
NHS Norfolk and Waveney CCG is also working with local schools to encourage parents and carers of pupils to come forward for their jab so we can reduce the need for young people to self-isolate and miss any more time in the classroom.
Local GP practices are identifying from their records those who still haven’t had their second vaccination and reminding them of the importance of the added protection it provides. Texts to patients due their second doses and people living very close to walk in vaccination clinics will start to be sent out locally next week.
According to data published today by NHS England and NHS Improvement 84% of people aged over 16 in Norfolk and Waveney have received their first dose, putting us fifth out of the 42 health and care systems in England. Some 79% of adults in England have received their first dose.
Some 66% of people aged over 16 in Norfolk and Waveney have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, compared to 58% 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 (1,276,250) have been given in Norfolk and Waveney. In the week to 13 June, 36,782 doses were given of which 18,076 were first doses and 18,706 were second doses. Despite a reduction in the number of second doses given in the last week, the CCG has maintained its fourth position in the country, this suggests lower number of second doses is being seen across England for the week to 20 June. Warmer weather, the easing of restrictions and a major football tournament may all be contributing factors in people not booking or attending appointments.
Norfolk and Waveney has got off to a flying start with vaccinations for younger people with 33% of 16-24 year olds, 59% of 25-29 year olds and 78% of 30-34 year olds having received their first dose.
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.
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.
Appointments can be booked through the national booking service by visiting nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or telephoning 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.
Go to this section of our website for regularly updated information about the latest walk-in clinics.
The following walk-in clinics are taking place over the next few days.
If you have it, please take with you your NHS number to help the vaccination team book you in quickly (please see here). But don’t worry if you don’t have an NHS number or are not registered with a GP / local doctor, you can still get vaccinated.
You do NOT need to show identification (ID) to receive a COVID-19 vaccination and you do not need to give your full name or address. It does not matter whether you are a UK citizen or what your immigration status is, how long you have been here or how long you expect to stay.
Anyone aged 18+ can have a vaccination, we want to vaccinate as many people as we can and we want to make getting a vaccine as easy as possible for you.
Before your vaccination: Don't forget to keep hydrated (bring some bottled water with you) and have something to eat before you come!
You can now get your second dose of AstraZeneca after just 8 weeks – book or walk-in appointments available as follows.
Astra Zeneca second doses only (aged 30/40+ and 8 weeks since first vaccination)
From Monday 28 June 2021, you can visit one of the following walk-in vaccination centres seven days a week – no appointment needed for AstraZeneca 2nd doses.
- Norwich Castle Quarter Shopping Centre: 8.30 am to 6.30 pm daily
- Kings Lynn Corn Exchange: 9.00 am to 3.00 pm daily
- Attleborough Connaught Hall: 9.00 am to 3.00 pm daily
- Lowestoft Old Law Courts: 9.00 am to 3.00 pm daily
- Harleston Paddock Road surgery: 9.00 am to 3.00 pm daily
From Monday 5 July 2021, evening walk-in sessions for AstraZeneca second doses will also be delivered at the following venues from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm on the following days – no appointment needed:
- Attleborough Connaught Hall: Mondays
- Kings Lynn Corn Exchange: Tuesdays
- Lowestoft Old Law Courts: Wednesdays
- Norwich Castle Quarter Shopping Centre: Thursdays
AstraZeneca (AZ) - First doses (aged 40+) AND second doses (aged 30+ and 8 weeks since first vaccination)
- Norwich Community Hospital Bowthorpe Rd, Norwich NR2 3TU – AstraZeneca walk-in clinic for first (40+) and second (30+) doses, including health and care workers:
Tuesday 29th June 09:30am - 16:30pm
Pfizer and Moderna first doses for anyone 18+
- Long Stratton Village Hall, Ipswich Road, Long Stratton NR15 2TA (Moderna clinic for first doses 18+) walk-in clinic:
Monday 28th June - 9am to 12.45 AND 2pm to 5.45pm
Moderna - First AND second doses for anyone aged 18+ Walk-in clinic:
- Willows Pharmacy, Downham Market Health Centre, Paradise Rd, Downham Market PE38 9JE
Monday June 28th - 9am - 6pm
Tuesday June 29th - 9am - 6pm
Wednesday June 30th - 9am - 6pm
Moderna First Dose only Walk-in clinic:
- Universal Pharmacy Limited, Unit 21, Turbine Way, Swaffham PE37 7XD
Tuesday 29th June - 8am - 7pm
Thursday 1st July - 8am - 7pm
Pharmacy sites booked appointments through National Booking Service
- Hayden Chemist based at Hayden House, Bridge Rd, Lowestoft NR32 3LL
- Beccles Health Centre Pharmacy, St Mary’s Road, Beccles NR34 9NQ
- Hado Pharmacy in Diss (providing vaccinations at Diss Youth and Community Centre, Shelfanger Road IP22 4EH)
- Boots Riverside, Wherry Rd, Norwich NR1 1WR
- Worlingham Pharmacy, Woodland Ave, Worlingham, Beccles NR34 7EF – Check www.facebook.com/Worlingham-Pharmacy at 16:30 each day for alerts on walk ins for spare doses
- Willows Pharmacy, Paradise Rd, Downham Market PE38 9JE
- Hunts Pharmacy, 205 Plumstead Rd, Norwich NR1 4AB
- Roundwell Pharmacy, 27 Dr Torrens Way, New Costessey, Norwich NR5 0GB
- Pharmacy 2U, 119 Prince of Wales Rd, Norwich NR1 1DU
- Kessingland Pharmacy (providing vaccinations at Long Stratton Village Hall, Ipswich Road, Long Stratton NR15 2TA )
- Universal Pharmacy, Units 2-3, Beacon House, Turbine Way, Swaffham, Norfolk, PE37 7XD
- Cromer Pharmacy, Mill Rd, Cromer NR27 0BG
From w/c 28 June the following pharmacies will be vaccinating:
- Drayton Pharmacy 8 Manor Farm Cl, Drayton, Norwich NR8 6EE
- Cutlers Hill Pharmacy Bungay Rd, Halesworth IP19 8SG
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