Vaccine initiative launches for Norfolk off-shore workers
Norfolk offshore workers are now able to access their Covid-19 vaccine thanks to a new collaboration between the NHS, Perenco UK (the leading independent oil and gas company in Europe) and the Mercure Hotel Norwich.
Mike Passfield, Clinical Operations Director for Norfolk and Waveney Large Scale Vaccination Centres, delivered by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust explained:
“Getting the vaccine is the single most important step we can take to protect ourselves and our friends and families against COVID-19; so our priority is to make it as easy as possible for everyone to access vaccinations.
“We’re delighted therefore to be working with Perenco UK to offer Pfizer vaccinations to their offshore workers via an outreach clinic at the Mercure Hotel in Norwich.
“This is a great opportunity for workers returning home via Norwich Airport to drop in for a vaccination to protect themselves, their colleagues, their families and the wider community.”
Jonathan White, General Manager (UK-SNS), Perenco UK added:
“Our teams play an important role in maintaining the UK national infrastructure and gas supply, so it’s important we do everything we can to protect them, including encouraging vaccination uptake which in turn will also help protect the wider community.”
“We’re grateful to the local NHS and Mercure Hotel for setting up a vaccination clinic at the hotel, and to Remote Medical International for providing lateral flow testing at the same venue.”
Commenting on behalf of Mercure Hotel, Stuart Collins, Hotel General Manager said:
“Located just 1.5 miles from Norwich Airport, we’re in an ideal location to host the vaccination and lateral flow testing clinics and look forward to welcoming the NHS vaccination team to our hotel.
“We’re incredibly proud to be working with the NHS and Perenco UK to support the local roll out of the largest vaccination programme in NHS history.”
Cath Byford, Chief Nurse, NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group, which is overseeing the vaccine roll-out in the area, said:
“Every single vaccination is important and is making a difference. It’s incredibly easy for people to get jabbed now and I’d like to remind everyone that vaccinations are our best chance of getting back to doing the things we enjoy most”.
The vaccination programme has already substantially reduced the risk from severe COVID-19 in the UK population. The latest national COVID-19 vaccine surveillance report updated on 12 August, estimates the programme has averted approximately 23 million infections and 84,000 deaths to date in England.
Norfolk and Waveney residents who have not had their vaccination yet can:
- Book their vaccination appointment via https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/ or by calling 119
- or access information on a range of vaccination walk-in clinics across Norfolk and Waveney is available here – no appointment necessary: https://apps.norfolk.gov.uk/WalkIn/Form/AllAvailableClinics
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.
Before your vaccination, don't forget to keep hydrated (bring some bottled water with you) and have something to eat before you come!