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16 and 17 year olds grab a jab at walk in clinics across Norfolk and Waveney

Sixteen and 17 year olds have been ‘grabbing a jab’ at vaccination centres across Norfolk and Waveney this week as they join the thousands already benefitting from protection against COVID19.

All young people aged 16-17 are now eligible for a vaccine as part of the largest immunisation programme the NHS has ever seen. Other groups also eligible from this week are children aged 12-15 who are at increased risk of serious illness from COVID infection or are household contacts of individuals (adults or children) who are immunosuppressed. 

All information regarding the vaccination of children and young people – including who is currently eligible – is available on the NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) website here: www.norfolkandwaveneyccg.nhs.uk/covid/children-and-young-people-12-17-years-covid-19-vaccination

Says Dr Anoop Dhesi, Clinical Chair at NHS Norfolk and Waveney CCG, said: “The majority of the 16-17 cohort will initially receive a single dose of the Pfizer vaccine as recommended by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.

“Evidence has shown that just one dose of the Pfizer vaccine gives this age group around 80% protection from serious illness and hospitalisation from COVID. Further guidance about any planned second doses for this age group is likely to be published in the coming months.

“It’s important to note that 16-17 year olds who work in health and care settings will still need two doses of Pfizer in line with previous guidance and it is important that they are fully vaccinated by 11 November in order to keep working in these settings.

Two doses of vaccine will also be offered to children and young people aged 12 to 15 who are at increased risk of serious illness from COVID infection (including those with severe neurodisabilities, Down’s Syndrome, underlying conditions that result in immunosuppression and/or profound and multiple learning disabilities or severe learning disabilities) or are household contacts of individuals (adults or children) who are immunosuppressed.

Eligible 12-15 year olds will be contacted by the NHS to arrange a vaccination appointment.  16 and 17 year olds will either be contacted by the NHS or can visit a number of drop in vaccination clinics across Norfolk and Waveney. 

Currently the following sites can vaccinate 16 and 17 year olds without an appointment with others joining the list of available sites from next week. 

  • King’s Lynn – Corn Exchange and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  • Norwich – Castle Quarter and Norwich Community Hospital
  • Great Yarmouth and Gorleston – Market Gates and James Paget Hospital
  • Attleborough – Connaught Hall
  • Dereham – Beetley Ward, Dereham Hospital
  • Harleston – Paddock Road Surgery

All drop in clinic information will be updated online here as new dates and times are confirmed for 16 and 17 year olds: http://www.norfolkandwaveneyccg.nhs.uk/covid/children-and-young-people-12-17-years-covid-19-vaccination

For those aged 18+, walk-in clinics can be found here: https://apps.norfolk.gov.uk/WalkIn/Form/AllAvailableClinics

The Vaccination Bus can also give Pfizer first and second doses to anyone aged 16 or over and this week will be in Norwich at:

  • UEA Sportspark (NR4 &TJ) 11am to 5pm on Sunday 15 August – additional ‘Worry Bus’ service for those with questions,
  • Norwich City Football Club (Carrow Road NR1 1JE) 11am to 6pm near the ticket office.

The Vaccination Bus will also be returning to North Lynn on Saturday 14 August and will be parked near the Seabank Post Office at St Edmundsbury Road, PE30 2NG.  This service will provide second Pfizer doses to those who may have visited the bus there on its last visit in June or who have had their first Pfizer dose elsewhere, more than eight weeks ago.

The Norfolk and Waveney health and care system continues to perform strongly in the national vaccination programme roll out, and according to NHS England data published today is ranked fourth out of 42 health and care systems nationwide for the number of people having had both doses of vaccine. 

Thanks to the ongoing participation of local people, 92% of the Norfolk and Waveney population aged 18+ now have at least one vaccine - and 80% have had both doses.

Almost 1.5 million doses of vaccine have been given across Norfolk and Waveney, with more than 18,500 of these in the last week (to Sunday 8 August).  Of these, 2,500 were first doses and 16,000 were second doses.

Despite their achievements so far, local NHS organisations and local authority partners are still determined that no one wanting a vaccine will be left behind. As well as the additional information and support provided by the ‘Worry Bus’, targeted outreach across towns, villages and cities continues to the areas with highest infection rates and lowest vaccine uptake.

Adds Dr Dhesi: “It’s vital that anyone aged 16+ who has not yet had a first vaccination now comes forward to get the very best protection before we get to autumn and winter  I would encourage 16 and 17 year olds – and university students- to get their single dose vaccination as soon as possible so the majority of young people are protected before schools, colleges and universities re-open from September onwards.”

To find a walk in (no appointment) vaccination centre near you, visit: https://apps.norfolk.gov.uk/WalkIn/Form/AllAvailableClinics or search the list of clinics here: https://apps.norfolk.gov.uk/WalkIn

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Notes to Editors:

Comprehensive information about the local vaccination programme, including information in languages others than English, can be found here:  https://norfolkandwaveneyccg.nhs.uk/covid/covid-vaccinations

According to data published today by NHS England and NHS Improvement  92% of people aged over 18 in Norfolk and Waveney have received their first dose, putting us eighth out of the 42 health and care systems in England. Some 88% of adults in England have received their first dose.

Some 80% of people aged over 16 in Norfolk and Waveney have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, compared to 74% of adults in England.

Health leaders in Norfolk and Waveney are reminding people that they must wait a full eight weeks after their first vaccination before attending for their second.  This is inline with national NHS guidance which recommends an interval of -12 weeks in order to receive the maximum possible, longer-lasting protection from the vaccines.

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.

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 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 here: https://apps.norfolk.gov.uk/WalkIn/Form/AllAvailableClinics

If you have it, please take your NHS number with you to your vaccination appointment 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 16+ 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!

First doses

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.

Second doses

Following national guidance and in line with all areas of the country, everyone over the age of 18 is now having their second dose within an eight week window of their first.  

If you are already over the eight-week window since your first dose, please get your second dose as soon as possible by visiting a walk-in centre or booking via the national booking system.

A single dose of the vaccine provides a good level of protection from COVID-19, but the second dose is important to ensure maximum, longer-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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